Kolkata, Apr 3 (): The sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kick started on Tuesday, April 2 with a dazzling opening ceremony in Bollywood style. Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and many more along with American rapper Pitbull stole the show and set the stage on fire.
The stage was set at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium and Shahrukh Khan’s Production Company, Red Chillies Entertainment took care of every detail of the grand evening and enthralled the huge gathering.
As the crowd were entering the stadium, local artists sang the tone for the evening chanting `It`s Kolkata. We will make maximum noise…` and record-breaking track of Gangnam Style by PSY was belted out.
The 120,000 capacity football stadium changed into a beautiful stage for Rabindra Sangeet, dance and songs of famous Bollywooders. Chinese percussionists, flying drummers and fireworks were some of the other attractions that were on offer for the event.
A huge balloon with the IPL logo stamped on it went up into the air as nine balloons (read planets), representing the franchises, made it look like a universe with about 400 artists performing on the stage.
Deepika Padukone appeared on the stage from the cut out of her mask as she danced to the tunes of the `tumi ho tumi ho shakha`.
Katrina Kaif entered the stage on a chariot as the crowd thundered to the tunes of her popular dance numbers.
Shahrukh Khan made an entry after a long time, nearly after 45 minutes into the ceremony with the popular `main hoon don` number.
SRK then invited veteran artists Usha Utthup and Bappi Lahiri, who added to the excitement with yesteryear hit songs such as `hari om hari` and `rambha ho.`
Above all, the stage was full of enthusiasm as the 2013 leg formally opened with all the nine team captains taking the ICC Spirit of Cricket Pledge, `Play hard, play fair.`
Nine teams will play 72 Twenty20 matches over 54 days and players from around the world will play in the world’s richest cricket league.