Watching the vibrant and colourful 'Opening Ceremony' that announced the arrival of the second edition of the Indian Cricket League (ICL), everyone in the ground felt as if ' the festival of lights and vibrance Diwali' had dawned early in Hyderabad.
As guests Shri K R Suresh Reddy, Assembly Speaker Shri N Chandrababu Naidu, former Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh, Shri Subhash Chandra-Chairman Zee&Essel Group and Kapil Dev Chairman, Executive Board, Indian Cricket League (ICL) graced the opening ceremony and Actor Ronit Roy anchored the event.
With the first match to be played between ICL's popular teams, Hyderabad Heroes v/s Lahore Badshahs today, the atmosphere in the stadium was pulsating with energy.
Over 1000 performers displayed their skills in what is deemed as an enthralling event encompassing acrobatics, aerial artistry, Shaolin kung-fu, trampoline daredevilry upon a heliosphere and our very own brand of dancers and drummers.
The music was vibrant and every beat was perfectly synchronised with the dance steps performed by trained international and national artists in a choreographed extravaganza, which was a great amalgamation of lights, sound and a visual effects that was nothing but a sheer bliss to the senses.
Trampoline artists were roped in from Ukraine doing somersaults in such perfect harmony that it looked like they were puppets being controlled by unseen strings from above.
Aerialists from the United States climbed up to the roof of the stadium using a thin piece of cloth. Twenty-foot above the ground These fragile and gifted women displayed the sensuousness of their art.
Shaolin Monks from monasteries in China brought their brand of kung-fu to India reminiscing the era of Bruce Lee. Their physical endurance and apathy to pain was a sight to behold as they performed a choreographed set with props like swords, sticks and their very own bodies.
'Phoenix Productions', a group trained in 'playing with fire' with their art and craft showcased a scary yet visually aesthetic act that surely set the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium at fire, quite literally.
With all these acts simultaneously vying for camera-time and a chance to enthrall our senses, a trampoline artist set off on a heliosphere which hovered around the stadium. The talented female artist did flips, somersaults and acrobatics taking the ICL to a 'different height'.
Indian performing artists from the Shiamak Davar Institute of the Performing Arts (SDIPA) aged between 5 to 21 danced to the beat of Bollywood tunes and not one of them missed a step, count or footing.
The drummers from the south of the country played effectively and made the entire stadium come alive with the beat of their drums and announced the ICL's arrival with fanfare and oomph.
Over 100 people beat their dholaks and the pulsating rhythm announced to the world that the ICL is here.
The Opening Ceremony of the Indian Cricket League with performances and wonderful acts will linger on the recesses of the mind for a long time to come.
It had such an unrivalled and unmatched awe and splendor which truly stood for the vigour that this brand of cricket manifested in itself.
Starting today, October 10th to November 16th, the ICL 20s Indian Championship in Season 2 will see a total of 41 pulsating matches being played at four international standard stadiums in - Hyderabad, Panchkula, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad.