2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
2010 Commonwealth Games
The opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main stadium of the event, in New Delhi, India. It began at 7:00 PM (IST) on 3 October 2010 ending at 10:00 PM (IST) displaying India's varied culture in a plethora of cultural showcases.
Guests of Honour
The Prince of Wales (representing Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth) officially declared the Games open jointly with President of India Pratibha Patil. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the host nation, India, attended the opening ceremony as well.
A total of three heads of state from outside India attended the opening ceremony; two from Commonwealth nations and one from a non-Commonwealth nation. The three head of states are Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru and a multiple Commonwealth gold medallist, and Albert II, Prince of Monaco, a former Olympian, whose country Monaco is not a member of the Commonwealth. Sir Anand Satyanand, the Governor General of New Zealand (the first of Indian descent), attended the ceremony as well.
Alongside the Commonwealth president, attendees included International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge. He was quoted as saying "I think India has set a good foundation stone for the Olympics bid and a successful Commonwealth Games can help India mount a serious bid for the Olympics."
The opening ceremony featured aspects of India's heritage and culture in seven segments. It featured an aerostat costing U$8 million, measuring 40×80x12 meters and manufactured in Oswestry, England. The original plan was to have drummers on the aerostat, but the plan was cancelled.
Rhythm of India
The countdown for the opening of commonwealth games start as the drums were being played, and fireworks exploded from the roof of the stadium. Various Drummers from Kerala, Manipur, Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab and Meghalaya played a symphony that aimed to be "uniquely Indian in character, yet global in appeal".
Hariharan led this segment, which created an amalgamation of Hindustani classical, Carnatic and folk music. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman, who also composed the official theme song of the games, and was performed by various artists along with Hariharan. Children from various Delhi schools participated in a simultaneous performance forming hands of an Indian woman in a pose of Namaste - a popular Indian salutation. Later, they separated and rearranged themselves in another formation representing the Indian flag colors of saffron, white and green while another group of children entered the stadium and covered the flag formations with a large white cloth. In a widely appreciated act, the children then made a mehndi - a traditional Indian art - on this large white piece of cloth in under 30 seconds on the spot.
Tree Of Knowledge
Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak), Guru Rajkumar Singhajit Singh-Charu Sija Mathur (Manipuri), Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam), Dr. Sonal Mansingh (Odissi), Bharati Shivaji (Mohiniattam) and Raja Reddy-Radha Reddy (Kuchipudi) choreographed 480 dancers bringing alive India's "Guru-Shishya Parampara" or the master-protege tradition on stage through classical dance recitals which also depicted four different seasons of India. The aerostat (the largest ever helium balloon built for such an event) formed the leaves of the Bodhi tree, while large strips elevated from the ground, made of silk and bamboo fibre form the tree trunk.
The Great Indian Journey
This segment will give a glimpse of the lives of the masses in India, as seen through a train window. Art director Omung Kumar created a 600-ft train of bamboo sticks for this. It portrayed a common man's life and every thing in it, such as the bangle shops, politicians campaigning, Bollywood, the cycle shop etc.
List of national flag bearers
Australia entered first as the host of the last games, and India entered last as the host. Excluding these two nations, the flag bearers entered by alphabetical order of their nations; Anguilla was the first (after Australia) and Zambia was the last (before India). Each flag bearer was preceded by a woman in traditional Indian dress, each reflecting a different part of the country, carrying a placard with the country's name.
|Order||Nation||Flag bearer||Sport||Total Athletes|
|1||Australia [[Australia at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Australia]] (AUS)||McMahon, SharelleSharelle McMahon||Netball||377|
|2||Anguilla [[Anguilla at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Anguilla]] (ANG)||Bryan, RonnieRonnie Bryan||Cycling||12|
|3||Antigua and Barbuda [[Antigua and Barbuda at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Antigua and Barbuda]] (ANT)||Grayman, JamesJames Grayman||Athletics||17|
|4||Bahamas [[Bahamas at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Bahamas]] (BAH)||Knowles, ValentinoValentino Knowles||Athletics||24|
|5||Bangladesh [[Bangladesh at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Bangladesh]] (BAN)||Khan, Asif HossainAsif Hossain Khan||Shooting||70|
|6||Barbados [[Barbados at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Barbados]] (BAR)||Browne, LaurelLaurel Browne||Netball||39|
|7||Belize [[Belize at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Belize]] (BIZ)||Martinez, KainaKaina Martinez||Athletics||9|
|8||Bermuda [[Bermuda at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Bermuda]] (BER)||Aitken, KieraKiera Aitken||Swimming||14|
|9||Botswana [[Botswana at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Botswana]] (BOT)||Montsho, AmantleAmantle Montsho||Athletics||49|
|10||British Virgin Islands [[British Virgin Islands at the 2010 Template:CGF year|British Virgin Islands]] (IVB)||Chapman, JosephJoseph Chapman||Squash||2|
|11||Brunei [[Brunei at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Brunei]] (BRU)||Ahad, AmpuanAmpuan Ahad||Lawn bowls||12|
|12||Cameroon [[Cameroon at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Cameroon]] (CMR)||Mamba, HugoHugo Mamba||Athletics||20|
|13||Canada [[Canada at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Canada]] (CAN)||Pereira, KenKen Pereira||Field Hockey||251|
|14||Cayman Islands [[Cayman Islands at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Cayman Islands]] (CAY)||Fraser, ShauneShaune Fraser||Swimming||17|
|15||Cook Islands [[Cook Islands at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Cook Islands]] (COK)||Kenny, MataMata Kenny||Lawn bowls||31|
|16||Cyprus [[Cyprus at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Cyprus]] (CYP)||Georgallas, IrodotosIrodotos Georgallas||Gymnastics||56|
|17||Dominica [[Dominica at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Dominica]] (DMA)||Williams, BrendanBrendan Williams||Athletics||15|
|18||England [[England at the 2010 Template:CGF year|England]] (ENG)||Robertson, NathanNathan Robertson||Badminton||365|
|19||Falkland Islands [[Falkland Islands at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Falkland Islands]] (FAI)||Clark, Douglas JamesDouglas James Clark||Badminton||15|
|20||Ghana [[Ghana at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Ghana]] (GHA)||Zakari, AzizAziz Zakari||Athletics||64|
|21||Gibraltar [[Gibraltar at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Gibraltar]] (GIB)||Bensadon, ColinColin Bensadon||Swimming||17|
|22||Grenada [[Grenada at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Grenada]] (GRN)||Batholomew, ImrodImrod Batholomew||Boxing||10|
|23||Guernsey [[Guernsey at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Guernsey]] (GUE)||Jory, PeterPeter Jory||Shooting||43|
|24||Guyana [[Guyana at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Guyana]] (GUY)||Forde, ClevelandCleveland Forde||Athletics||34|
|25||Isle of Man [[Isle of Man at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Isle of Man]] (IOM)||Roche, AndrewAndrew Roche||Cycling||33|
|26||Jamaica [[Jamaica at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Jamaica]] (JAM)||Forbes, SimoneSimone Forbes||Netball||48|
|27||Jersey [[Jersey at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Jersey]] (JER)||Bisson, KarinaKarina Bisson||Lawn bowls||33|
|28||Kenya [[Kenya at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Kenya]] (KEN)||Kemboi, EzekielEzekiel Kemboi||Athletics||136|
|29||Kiribati [[Kiribati at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Kiribati]] (KIR)||Katoatau, DavidDavid Katoatau||Weightlifting||17|
|30||Lesotho [[Lesotho at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Lesotho]] (LES)||Tsoaeli, SelloaneSelloane Tsoaeli||Athletics||10|
|31||Malawi [[Malawi at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Malawi]] (MAW)||Waya, MaryMary Waya||Netball||43|
|32||Malaysia [[Malaysia at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Malaysia]] (MAS)||Zalina, SitiSiti Zalina||Lawn bowls||203|
|33||Maldives [[Maldives at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Maldives]] (MDV)||Mohamed, MueenaMueena Mohamed ||Table Tennis||28|
|34||Malta [[Malta at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Malta]] (MLT)||Madyson, RebeccaRebecca Madyson||Shooting||22|
|35||Mauritius [[Mauritius at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Mauritius]] (MRI)||Colin, Louis RicharnoLouis Richarno Colin||Boxing||55|
|36||Montserrat [[Montserrat at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Montserrat]] (MNT)||Semper, PeterPeter Semper||Athletics||5|
|37||Mozambique [[Mozambique at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Mozambique]] (MOZ)||Couto, KurtKurt Couto||Athletics||10|
|38||Namibia [[Namibia at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Namibia]] (NAM)||Uutoni, JafetJafet Uutoni||Boxing||30|
|39||Nauru [[Nauru at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Nauru]] (NRU)||Detenamo, ItteItte Detenamo||Weightlifting||6|
|40||New Zealand [[New Zealand at the 2010 Template:CGF year|New Zealand]] (NZL)||van Dyk, IreneIrene van Dyk||Netball||192|
|41||Nigeria [[Nigeria at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Nigeria]] (NGR)||Obiora, FaithFaith Obiora||Table Tennis||101|
|42||Niue [[Niue at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Niue]] (NIU)||Viliamu, NaritaNarita Viliamu||Weightlifting||24|
|43||Norfolk Island [[Norfolk Island at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Norfolk Island]] (NFI)||Gray, DuncanDuncan Gray||Squash||22|
|44||Northern Ireland [[Northern Ireland at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Northern Ireland]] (NIR)||Montgomery, MarkMark Montgomery||Wrestling||80|
|45||Pakistan [[Pakistan at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Pakistan]] (PAK)||Ali Shah, MohammadMohammad Ali Shah||Chef de mission||54|
|46||Papua New Guinea [[Papua New Guinea at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Papua New Guinea]] (PNG)||Stubbings, BarbaraBarbara Stubbings||Squash||79|
|47||Rwanda [[Rwanda at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Rwanda]] (RWA)||Dieudonne, DisiDisi Dieudonne||Athletics||22|
|48||Samoa [[Samoa at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Samoa]] (SAM)||Dieudonne, Ele OpelogeEle Opeloge Dieudonne||Weightlifting||53|
|49||Scotland [[Scotland at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Scotland]] (SCO)||Edgar, RossRoss Edgar||Cycling||191|
|50||Seychelles [[Seychelles at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Seychelles]] (SEY)||Malcouzane, SteveSteve Malcouzane||Badminton||26|
|51||Sierra Leone [[Sierra Leone at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Sierra Leone]] (SLE)||Kargbo, MichaelaMichaela Kargbo||Athletics||31|
|52||Singapore [[Singapore at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Singapore]] (SIN)||Tian Wei, FengFeng Tian Wei||Table Tennis||68|
|53||Solomon Islands [[Solomon Islands at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Solomon Islands]] (SOL)||Leong, MichaelMichael Leong||Tennis||12|
|54||South Africa [[South Africa at the 2010 Template:CGF year|South Africa]] (RSA)||van der Burgh, CameronCameron van der Burgh||Swimming||113|
|55||Sri Lanka [[Sri Lanka at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Sri Lanka]] (SRI)||Vidanage, ChinthanaChinthana Vidanage||Weightlifting||94|
|56||Saint Helena [[Saint Helena at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Saint Helena]] (SHN)||Yon, RicoRico Yon||Shooting||4|
|57||Saint Kitts and Nevis [[Saint Kitts and Nevis at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Saint Kitts and Nevis]] (SKN)||Liburd, TanikaTanika Liburd||Athletics||7|
|58||Saint Lucia [[Saint Lucia at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Saint Lucia]] (LCA)||Spencer, LavernLavern Spencer||Athletics||13|
|59||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines [[Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]] (SVG)||Bentick, JamesJames Bentick||Squash||14|
|60||Swaziland [[Swaziland at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Swaziland]] (SWZ)||Mdluli, SiphesihleSiphesihle Mdluli||Athletics||11|
|61||Tanzania [[Tanzania at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Tanzania]] (TAN)||Ramadhani, SamsonSamson Ramadhani||Athletics||40|
|62||The Gambia [[The Gambia at the 2010 Template:CGF year|The Gambia]] (GAM)||Shonoboi, FannyFanny Shonoboi||Athletics||17|
|63||Tonga [[Tonga at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Tonga]] (TON)||Fa, UaineUaine Fa||Boxing||22|
|64||Trinidad and Tobago [[Trinidad and Tobago at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Trinidad and Tobago]] (TRI)||Borel-Brown, CleopatraCleopatra Borel-Brown||Athletics||82|
|65||Turks and Caicos Islands [[Turks and Caicos Islands at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Turks and Caicos Islands]] (TCI)||Williams, DelanoDelano Williams||Athletics||8|
|66||Tuvalu [[Tuvalu at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Tuvalu]] (TUV)||Tuau, LapuaLapua Tuau||Weightlifting||3|
|67||Uganda [[Uganda at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Uganda]] (UGA)||Mugula, GanziGanzi Mugula||Swimming||65|
|68||Vanuatu [[Vanuatu at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Vanuatu]] (VAN)||Shing, YoshnaYoshna Shing||Table Tennis||14|
|69||Wales [[Wales at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Wales]] (WAL)||Davies, DavidDavid Davies||Swimming||175|
|70||Zambia [[Zambia at the 2010 Template:CGF year|Zambia]] (ZAM)||Nachula, RachelRachel Nachula||Athletics||22|
|71||India [[India at the 2010 Template:CGF year|India]] (IND)||Bindra, AbhinavAbhinav Bindra||Shooting||495|
- Pakistan's flag bearer was scheduled to be weightlifter Shujha-ud-din Malik. However, chef de mission Muhammad Ali Shah announced that he would carry the flag and took it from the designated flag-bearer.
In the opening ceremony the head of organizing committee faced embarrassment, when he was booed by the spectators at the start of his welcome speech to 60,000 spectators in the opening ceremony. The atmosphere otherwise for the teams and officials was fine, especially when they offered warm applause to the neighbouring Pakistan squad, with whom it has tense relationships. Sri Lanka also got a loud applause. The head finished his speech in five minutes and then handed over to Michael Fennell, the Chief of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Boxer Vijender Singh carried the Queen's Baton into Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, at the Opening Ceremonies. The baton was passed to boxer Mary Kom, 5-time world champion. It was then passed to Samresh Jung, who was named best competitor of the 2006 Melbourne Games. It was then passed to Sushil Kumar, world champion wrestler. The final baton bearer, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar, handed the Queen's Baton to The Prince of Wales.
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