|Trivandrum: “The War Cry”, a visual spectacle on the life of the legendary Kunjali Marakkar, who fought off the Portuguese might, will be the centre piece of what is promised to be an extravagant mélange of art, when the 35th National Games opens on January 31 at the Greenfield stadium, Kariavattom.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the Chief Guest of the evening along with Kerala’s Governor and Chief Minister. Stalwarts of sports from all over the country will be there as audience. Film maker T K Rajeev Kumar is the creative director of the much anticipated ceremony.
National Games PRO, Vinod, informed Yentha, “As of now, the decision is to make the entry for the public, to watch the ceremony live from the stadium, free of cost.” When asked about the presence of Sachin Tendulkar, the ambassador of this National Games, he said, “Sachin is scheduled to take part in Run Kerala Run. So his presence at the inaugural ceremony is uncertain. A decision has not yet been made regarding that.”
The gala ceremony will showcase a multitude of talents and fabulous shows. “Lalisom -India Singing”, a mix of music, action and dance, is expected to be the show-stopper of the event. It will be the public debut of the music group which is promoted by actor Mohanlal.
A gifted line-up of singers including Hariharan, K S Chitra, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kartik, Ankit Trivedi, Bhoomi Trivedi, Sujatha and M G Sreekumar are slated to perform.
The ceremony will begin with a musical fusion which will start with the blowing of eighty conchs followed by booming Mizhavu beats supported by twenty Thavils, Timpani and Bass guitar led by Thavil maestro Karunamoorthy. It is based on a symphony composed by composer Sharreth. Martial arts performed by ten Kalaripayattu experts will accompany this marvelous orchestra.
While the orchestra continues to its crescendo, the athletes march past would begin with 2011 champions Services leading. The remaining teams would appear in alphabetical order starting with Andamans & Nicobar and concluding with the host team Kerala, all encircling the stadium and saluting the Chief Guest.
The placard bearers of each team will be in the State’s traditional costume and the captain of the respective team holding the State Olympic association flag will lead each contingent. Live performances of traditional art forms of Kerala will continue as the march past moves along.
A mix of Kerala’s sporting legends and others would free white pigeons into the air, symbolising sports for world peace. The games torch will then be brought into the arena and the cauldron would be lit. This will be followed by the Games Oath.
Cultural events will then be unveiled beginning with a ballet called ‘Bhava Rasa’, put into play by 200 men bearing burning torches. The euphoria caused by the pyrotechnics would be maintained by forty Mizhavu and twenty Timpani performers in unison. They will be joined soon by eighty percussionists, hundred Kuzhal players followed by two hundred Elathalam and fifty Edakka players joining in unison with the existing rhythm. Two hundred Mohiniyattom dancers also would grace the centre stage.