New Delhi: Seven-year-old Keshav stole the
limelight at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony tonight
as he mesmerised the spectators, including President Pratibha
Patil and Prince Charles, synchronising his tabla with the
beat of a variety of drummers numbering over 800.
From Auroville in Puducherry, the child prodigy`s
performance was part of `Rythms of India` segment of the
ceremony which was tipped as an Indian invocation of the
ceremony bringing together folk drums of the country.
Beats of a variety of 800 drums -- from Pung Cholom of
Manipur to Chenda of Kerala to Gudum Baja -- reverberated the
stadium as spectators were left spell-bound.
The first segment of performance lasted for 12 minutes.
Wangala drummers from Meghalaya, the energetic dancing
drummers from Karnataka Dollu Kunita, a folk drum Punjab Dhol,
Koya from Orissa, Gajja Dhol from Maharashtra, and Bihu
drummers from Assam also added to the charm of the