Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony: A Spectacular Affair

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Monday, October 4, 2010

NEW DELHI, INDIA ( Despite all the controversies that has plagued the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the organizing committee of the event was finally successful in putting up an amazing show during the opening ceremony of CWG. As many as 65,000 people were present at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday evening to witness the stunning cultural extravaganza to kick off the multi-sports competition. Given the negative publicity which the event has received from the media lately, the curtain raiser was indeed the last chance for Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to hog the limelight for the right reasons. With the spectacular fashion in which the opening ceremony unfolded, it does not come as a surprise that the event has received positive reviews from the international media.

During the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, the cultural history and heritage of the host nation India was highlighted through seven acts comprising of musical performances by large number of performers which was surely one of the highlighting elements of the event. The icing on the cake turned out to be the performance by Academy-award winning composer A.R. Rahman who enthralled the crowds with the theme song of CWG 2010 as well as Oscar-winning track “Jai Ho.”

The Commonwealth Games 2010 opening ceremony finally reached its climax with a spellbounding firework display that lit up the Delhi sky and left the audiences mesmerized. The organizing committee of the CWG 2010 had to face fierce criticism for its shoddy preparations regarding the accommodation of the athletes as well as the officials of the 71 Commonwealth nations who have taking part in the multi-sports event.

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