CWG closing ceremony to be even more spectacular

Publicado  Wednesday, October 6, 2010

If you thought the aerostat — one of the highlights of the opening ceremony on Sunday — was impressive, get ready for round two.

The helium balloon, brought to India at a cost of Rs 38 crore, will be making its second appearance in the closing ceremony. Confirmed Bharat Bala, creative consultant and part of the core cultural committee of the organising committee (OC), ‘‘ The aerostat will be a significant part of the closing ceremony. We will be using it more extensively.’’ The helium balloon, which is one of the most expensive props that has been used for a sports event till date, was used as a canvas for the various acts that were conceptualized for the opening ceremony.

Interestingly, the mirrors that are placed on the balloon’s underbelly were merely used to reflect the lights that were beamed from the field of play. Sources, however, claim the mirrors would be used as more than reflecting fields during the closing ceremony. ‘‘ There are various segments in the closing ceremony, including one on martial arts from various parts of India. The aerostat will be used more extensively in these segments than it was used during the opening ceremony ,’’ said a senior OC official.
And while Bala wouldn’t divulge details of the ceremony, he admitted that there was a more ‘‘ unique’ ’ role earmarked for the balloon in the next instalment . Added Bala, ‘‘ The opening ceremony was based on traditional Indian culture and heritage. The closing ceremony will be very different and will be based on the universal theme of love.’’ Added Leena Singh, part of the Ashima-Leena label, ‘‘ The brief given to us was simple: the costumes should be a reflection of diverse yet unified fabric of India .’’ Singh’s label is designing the costume of two segments — martial arts and Vande Mataram.

The closing ceremony rehearsals will also see the addition of performers from Glasgow for the closing ceremony. Similar to what India did in the Melbourne Games 2006, the closing ceremony here will see Scotland showcase a slice of its offering as a teaser of the Commonwealth Games 2014. Sources said the performers from Scotland were expected to be here within a few days, so as to perform their own rehearsals. In 2006, India had got a 7-minute segment at the end of the Melbourne Games.

In fact, even as the rest of the OC was basking in the successful launch of the Delhi Games 2010 with a spectacular opening ceremony, preparations for the closing ceremony are underway. Sources said rehearsals for the closing ceremony had in fact, been ongoing along with the opening ceremony rehearsals. ‘‘ The performers took it easy today but now the pace of the rehearsals will pick up again,’’ said a source. 


Source : Economic Times

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