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Shahrukh Khan promises “never-seen-before” IPL opening ceremony

Kolkata, Apr 2 (): Shahrukh Khan, Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner has promised today of giving a “spectacular and never-seen-before” opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League, IPL 6 to be held at the Salt Lake stadium. The ceremony is to start at 7 pm local time on Tuesday.

Organisers of IPL said that the opening ceremony of IPL 6, which will be held before the start of the two-month long exciting cricket, is described as the greatest show ever in India and the event would stay true to its theme of ‘cricketainment’.

In an interview SRK said that the opening night of IPL 2013 will be a spectacular ceremony and he assured that the likes of which India has never seen before.

“I will be performing to some of my songs. Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone, two of my co-stars, will also be there. Pitbull, the international rapper, will also excite the audiences,” he added.

The artists will be performing at the huge podium that has been erected, while the artificial turf is being covered with a rubber mat as a precautionary effort so that the AstroTurf used for football matches does not get spoiled.

The opening ceremony would start with a traditional welcome during which a huge balloon carrying the IPL Cup would descend on the stadium in a segment titled ‘The IPL Universe’ where the nine teams will be seen as planets.

Bollywood composer Pritam has composed a track and a large troupe of 300 dancers is expected to perform for the track. A group of 19 Red Poppy artistes, a gang of women drummers from China, would add to another international touch to the celebrations.

The opening ceremony will also have cheerleaders, gymnasts, rhythm acrobats, stilt-walkers, air-tumblers and mass dancers coming together to entertain the audience.

Reports say West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is attending the IPL 6 opening ceremony.