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Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

published  First Published: 03/10/2010
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 held in Delhi India are officially Underway.
There will be 19 sports on the program for Delhi, these include; Archery, Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
The program will also include Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) Events.
New and existing venues will be used to host the 19 sports. Delhi also constructed new low rise development in the heart of the capital for the athletes village.
The village, on 40 acres has a capacity to host approximately 8,500 athletes and officials.
One could almost run out of words to describe the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. Spectators already in a trance following the initial part of the show were left enthralled as the Tree of Knowledge sprang to life. Representing the Bodhi Tree, the brilliantly-lit and colourful display was choreographed by some of Indias most famous exponents of dance. Tabla, Sitar and Mridangam players joined Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi dancers in paying homage to Indias famed Guru-Shishya tradition. Images of Gautama Buddha were projected onto the aerostat which, as the centrepiece, changed colours to reflect the passage of seasons.
A sporting event is always about human fitness and health. And what better way to focus on health than a segment on the ancient Indian philosophy of Yoga?
Performers in the opening ceremony displayed some very complicated asanas to depict the famous Yogic way of life representing the union of mind, body and soul as the ephemeral shape of a man and chakras representing Kundalini energy rose from the ground!
As the lights went dim, Buddhist chants, hymns, azaan and Gurbani sounded to remind the audience of Indias famous diversity, one that permeates to the very soul. Of course, what would India be without its famous railways?
Not just a lifeline that connects all corners of the nation, the Great Indian Journey is an indelible part of our popular culture. The colours of India, the hustle-and-bustle of its markets, the variety of its folk culture and the symbols that touch everyones lives, came together to show the vibrancy of its harmonious society that is united in its diversity.
It was then time to pay homage to the Father of the Indian Nation, Mahatma Gandhi in Mahatma and Ahimsa. Skilled artists depicted the Apostle of Peaces life through spectacular sand drawings.
The audience was then treated to Celebrating India - a graceful exposition of dance from across the nation. And just when you thought it couldnt get any better, Oscar-winning composer and musician Mr. A.R. Rahman took his place on stage for the Grand Finale!
The audience was in raptures as Mr. Rahman, who enjoys the sort of adulation normally reserved for rock stars, performed his Delhi 2010 Anthem, Jiyo, Utho, Badho, Jeeto and his Academy Award-winning Jai Ho!



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