Indian Super League, Opening Ceremony - As it happened...

Welcome to our updates of the opening ceremony of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL).

Indian Super League, Opening Ceremony - As it happened...



The founder chairman Nita Ambani was welcomed to the stage once again as a glitterati of stars from film, sports and business looked on. And she declared the Hero Indian Super League open.

Priyanka was also given the honour the introduced the team. Saurav 'Dada' Ganguly and Luis Garcia appeared for Atletico de Kolkata and their marquee signing, then Parineeti Chopra and Alessandro del Piero for Delhi Dynamos. John Abraham and coach Ricki Herbert for Northeat. FC Goa have Dattaraj Salgaoncar and Robert Pires. Abhishek Bachchan and Elano for Chennaiyin FC. Then, Hritik Roshan and David Trezeguet for Pune. Ranbir  Kappor and Freddie Ljungberg for Mumbai. Then, finally for Kerala Blasters, SachinTendulkar and David James.

It's that wow moment! Salim Merchant introduced Desi girl, Priyanka Chopra to a rapturous applause. And her performance started with a gig on the "tumne mari sheeti aur dil main bajee ghanti"... and their was that famous "Desi Girl" too. She then performed on the song "Salaam India"by Salim. A vocal charade inciting the Kolkata crowd from the actress. Fatafati crowd!!

In the drums again, this time maestro Taufiq Querishi for Mumbai. And their neighboring Pune, represented by the famous dhol team. For Delhi, it's north Indian flavour in traditional high decibel dhol. That's the sound of eight franchises competing in the inaugural edition of the ISL.

Then, Musician Bickram Ghosh represented the sound of Kolkata. It was followed by a dhol recital from Manipur to represent the NorthEast franchise. India's famed percussionist Sivamani represented the Chennai franchise. Chenda players with their explosive drum beats represented Kochi. Bondo folk drummers represented Goa.

Following a countdown, using the giant screen to reflect the marquee players of each franchises, performers - by little children -- depicted the logo of the tournament in a short, hallucinating display of light and hope.

It was followed by speeches by the CM and AIFF president. And they thank everyone involved in making this tournament a reality.

The ceremony started by welcoming the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee, founding chairperson Nita Ambani, All India Football Federation president Praful Patel and businessman Sanjeev Goenka.

First glimpse from Kolkata's famed Salt Lake Stadium before the opening ceremony, courtesy the official ISL handle:


Finally, the big day in Indian football has arrived. The inaugural edition of Indian Super League (ISL) will kick-start after an elaborate opening ceremony at the historic Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. The opening match between, hosts Atletico de Kolkata and Mumbai FC will of course highlight Indian football in a new avatar.

Some of the star performers in the 45 minute opening gala are Bollywood heartthrobs Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor,Priyanka Chopra and Varun Dhawan. Besides, the ceremony will see owners and promoters of the eight franchises attending. And West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee is slated to inaugurate the tournament.

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