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Commonwealth games (CWG) Opening and closing ceremony

Updated on September 6, 2014

Opening ceremony: CWG Delhi 2010

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main stadium for the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main stadium for the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010. | Source
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Salient features of the opening ceremony, CWG Delhi, 2010

Welcome to Nineteenth Commonwealth games.

CWG 2010 has commenced in Delhi from Sunday October 3 and will continue till October 14. The Commonwealth games is inaugurated by Indian President Pratibha Patil. She was accompanied by Prince Charles who read out the message of Queen Elizabeth II. Queen’s Baton was handed over to Prince Charles by Wrestler Sushil Kumar. 71 nations and more than five thousand five hundred players are participating in this CWG Delhi.

Opening ceremony of Commonwealth games held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium under tight security between 7 to 11 PM, Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Delhi, capital of India was well prepared to welcome all Commonwealth nations. Delhi has been well decorated with Shera, the mascot of CWG 2010. A balloon, filled with helium gas costing Rs. 400 million is an added attraction of the opening ceremony.

It is worth noted that India is organizing its biggest ever sports event. 619 members Indian team marched with participants from other countries. The team was headed by Abhinav Bindra, the shooter.

A cultural program of 45 minutes prepared by Shyam Benegal, Bharath Bala and others is staged. A R Rahaman sang theme song and few others. Indian cultural team performed dances. More than seven thousands performers participated in cultural program.

Opening ceremony, Live CWG

Glimpses of Dazzling program in the opening ceremony

Dazzling program was seen in the opening ceremony of CWG 2010 at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also arrived to see the program. The opening ceremony was started with "Shankhanad". Shankha is a traditional auspicious musical instrument. Large numbers of performers has shown instances of Indian culture in the stage.

There were songs and dances in this program. Large numbers of Drum bidders from various regions of India were bidding their traditional drums. Keshav, A child tablist (Age 7) was the center of attraction of this gala opening ceremony at JLN stadium, Delhi. He has shown his excellence in tabla, a difficult to play Indian classical musical instrument with hundreds of drummers.

Welcome song (Swagatam Geet) is being sung by Hariharan and large numbers of children from different regions of India in their traditional dresses were started dancing. They have created "Mehandi" designs while dancing in an unique manner.

Swagatam mehandi

Commonwealth games Delhi 2010 opening ceremony swagatam mehndi
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March past of participating teams

Shila Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi and Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman CWG reached Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

APJ Abdul KalamAbdul Kalam, former Indian President has arrived accompanied by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The announcer has declared welcome of players from seventy one countries.

March Past started by the participating countries at 7.40 PM. Australia, the host of 2006 Commonwealth games leaded the march past from the front. It is a custom in Commonwealth that the host of last CWG leads the march past and the present host comes in the last. 70 other countries followed Australia. The countries participating in CWG 2010, Delhi are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, England, Falkland Islands,Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar,Grenada,Guernsey, Guyana, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia,Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Ireland , Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Wales and Zambia followed Australia in the march past. India came and marches past at the last with its large numbers of team members (619) as host of this nineteenth Commonwealth games 2010.

Indian women in their traditional dress Saree were ahead of each team carrying flags of respective countries.

CWG Opening ceremony: Color, Music and Light

Indian team, Dignitaries and Cultural program

Indian team arrived in the stadium for March past in their traditional dresses at 8. 35 PM. Men were wearing Sherwani and the women in colorful Sarees. India arrived as the last among 71 countries. Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra leaded the team of India. Everybody in the JLN stadium was waiting for the same.

India has the largest team in this sports event with 619 members. They are expecting medals especially in Shooting, Boxing, Wrestling, Weight Lifting, Tennis, Table Tennis and Badminton.Sixty thousand audiences stood up and welcome the Indian sports team for CWG Delhi, 2010. Indian team took 5 minutes in March past and finished at 8.40 PM.

Speech of Suresh Kalmadi,Chairman, CWG Delhi organizing committee started at 8.53 PM after the March Past finished. Pratibha Patil, President of India, declared the nineteenth Commonwealth games CWG Delhi, 2010 opened at 9.21 PM on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) stadium. She delivered a short speech before declaring the games open.

Michael Fennel, President, Commonwealth games federation and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singhdelivered speeches before President of India. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chair person and Shila Dixit, Chief Minister, Delhi were also among distinguished persons present at the stadium.

Indian dancers’ team performed beautiful dances in colorful dresses in the opening ceremony of CWG 2010, Delhi at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium as a part of cultural program. Thousands of dancers, both men and women, from different regions of India have performed the dances.

They performed Kathak, Raslila, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Bharat Natyam, all forms of Indian classical dances. Bharat Bala has directed the program. Raslila is a traditional form of Indian dance enacted to depict eternal love story of Lord Krishna and Radha.

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End of CWG 2010

Nineteenth Commonwealth games CWG Delhi 2010 has come to an end. Closing ceremony is going on right now at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi. This is the third biggest stadium in India.

71 countries participated in this Commonwealth games. India has organized biggest ever sports event in the form of this CWG Delhi 2010.

CWG has continued from October 3 to October 14 2010. Australia, as usual has bagged highest medals and India the host India secured second position. This is the best ever performance for India in the Commonwealth Games. First time Indian sports team could bag more than one hundred medals in CWG.

Closing ceremony CWG Delhi 2010

Closing ceremony: Cultural events

Closing ceremony started at 7 PM at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in the presence of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. The closing ceremony started with the Naional song of India "Janaganamana". Prince Edward, England, L K Advani and Shila Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi were also present in the closing ceremony.

Indian cultural artists performed Indian marshal art "Agni". More than 800 artists performed the same. Vande Matram. National anthem of India was performed by more than 2000 school children with Indian classical dance and music.

All three wings of Indian armed forces Army, Navy and Air Force performed their musical band. People welcome their parade. People greeted "Shera", the mascot of this nineteenth Commonwealth Games.

Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, organizing committee, CWG Delhi 2010 is delivering his speech while writing the hub.

CWG Welcome Glasgow

Next Commonwealth games at Glasgow, Scotland

Next Commonwealth games will be organized at Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. Mr. Khanna, deputy Governor of Delhi handed over the charge to Lord Kelvin, Chairman, organizing committee, twentieth Commonwealth games, Glasgow.

Suresh Kalmadi and several others delivered speeches. Jesus Smith. a triple jump gold medalist has been declared best player of the nineteenth Commonwealth games, CWG Delhi, 2010. Indian musicians, singers and dancers performed in the stage in a colorful ceremony. The games were declared closed at 9.06 PM.

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      Jyoti Kothari 2 years ago from Jaipur

      Thanks Pina, for your comment.

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      Pina 2 years ago

      I remember of sytaing at a hotel in Mahipalpur area(10-15m drive from both the terminals) last year. I don't remember the name though .It was about Rs. 1500 for an A/C type room just for a night.They would quote some high price if you show up with a lot of luggage.Don't forget to bargain.You can get a prepaid taxi at the airport counter and ask the taxi driver to take some hotel.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 7 years ago from Tumkur

      The glory, to the surprise of many, is now over and the skeletens hidden in the cupboard are now coming out.It was a great event proving the ability of india to the world. But the mismanagement caused many shames.

      Thanks for the nice hub.

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, watched the opening ceremony live on T.V. So glad all went well. For the last month or so the press has been presenting a picture of chaos in the preparations. wish the event the best of luck, well done Delhi. Nice to see our prince there. Best wishes to you.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Tonymac,

      Thanks for your comment. Keshav performed excellently. Vuvuzelas are becoming famous day by day.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Didn't Keshav look cute! And of course I think the South African team looked the best! Those vuvuzelas made them unique.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Love and peace