New Delhi: About 1,200 moving lights, 25
stacks of speakers and about 2,700 shots of fireworks spread
across the roof of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium combined with
a stage weighing 500 tonnes to create a spectacular opening
ceremony of the Commonwealth Games here on Sunday.
The gigantic main stage, inspired by the `mandala`, a
Sanskrit word for the geometric designs symbolic of the
universe in Hinduism and Buddhism, which is one of the largest
built for an opening and closing ceremony.
The stage was built within seven days by about 500
workers, weighing an approximately 500 tonnes. The stage is
large enough to hold 500 people under it.
The opening ceremony would have never been that
spectacular had it not been for the lighting arrangements.
1,200 moving lights, 120 space cannons and 16 follow spots
weighing approximately 75 tonnes was what it took to enchant
the about 60,000 spectators. The 25 stacks of speakers
produced 500,000 Watts of sound.
If one was impressed by the fireworks, it was because of
the 2,700 shots spread over 88 locations on the roof of the
stadium. The crowd had erupted in joy as the firecrackers went
up in air heralding the beginning of the Games.
The entire system was supported by over 50 km of power
cables that were used to provide constant power for the