Hockey WC opening ceremony highlights: Madhuri dazzles, Rahman enthralls

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Hockey fever has gripped Bhubaneswar city and the nation at large as 16 hockey playing nations will lock horns for World Cup glory starting November 28. The first celebration of the opening ceremony will start at 5:30 pm on Tuesday with Bollywood stars like A R Rehman and others performing. 'My Heart Beats for Hockey 'campaign' has helped to publicise the event. 

India will play the first match on 28th against South Africa, while the opening match of the tournament will be played between Belgium and Canada on the same day. Elaborate security arrangement has been made to avoid untoward incidents. Tickets for the opening ceremony and India matches have been sold out.


With this the opening ceremony comes to an end. May the best team win!
The drones have added another dimension to this ceremony
Rehman sings the offical song of Hockey World Cup 2018. Jai Hind, Jai India
The Kalinga Stadium is all lit up and the beauty can't get any better
The english version of Jai Ho resonates at the Kalinga Stadium
Vande Mataram!

Rehman vocies the epic Hamma Hamma song!
The Sitar, The Guitar, The Drum and The keyboard.... MAGICAL 
Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautifula and gala opening ceremony we have witnessed since the Commonwealth Games 2010
The sonorous Sitar
Choti si Asha being sung by Jonita Gandhi from Odisha
A R Rehman presents his all-time greatest hit Dil Se
The striking of piano keys couldn't get any melodious
It is Rehman time now
Participating children being thanked for their hard work
And the globe ascends 
The Indian culture and mythology could not have been depicted any better.
5 elements being explained in Madhuri's performance
Varahi, the bore who rescued Mother Earth, finds a mention in Madhuri's performance
Bhagwat Gita is invoked by Madhuri Dixit in her performance
Tribal dance of Odisha at its beautiful best
What a shot of the stadium from th above. Drones have definately won the show. 
The dancers in their beautiful attire, Madhuri in all her grace. What else the crowd could have asked for
Drones are at work again. And they get a loud roar from the crowd
Madhuri Dixit one the stage for her performance
The Earth Song!
Cultural heritage of Odisha graces the giant screen in the stadium
16 captains, Shah RUkh Khan and CM Naveen Patnaik gather for a photograph.
Khan invites CM Patnaik
Shah Rkukh Khan invokes an excerpt from his movie Chak De India. 
A big round of applause to the captains: Khan
This is the most important tournament as it is our game: Khan
He greets the captains of the 16 teams
Khan takes the centre stage
I am thankful to the CM of Odisha for inviting me to be a part of this World Cup: Shah Rukh Khan
Here is Bollywoord star Shah Rukh Khan
My Heart Beats for Hockey symbol on display 
From Jammu and Kashmir to the far corner of Northeaster states. From Punjab to the nation's capital. The might state of Rajasthan to Land of Gandhi. And from Bengal to Odisha and down south, India ka dil hockey k liye dhadakta hai
Culture of Odisha being displayed with full might
The light show engulfs the stadium
The 16 champions are here
And here is INDIA!!!
European giants, Spain
South Africa
4-time world champ, Pakistan
Neighbours of the defending champs, New Zealand
The might the Netherlands
Irish are here. Ireland
Two-time World champs, Germany
Anoteher one from Europe, France
And here are the Britishers 
Dragon land and neighbours, China
Legends of Ice Hockey, Canada
Belgium on the stage
Defending Champions Australia
Here comes Argentina
The team captains will be welcomed accompanied with a tribal child with a hockey 
I now declare the Hockey World Cup 2018, open: Patnaik
I welcome the teams, tourists, and officials to Odisha: Patnaik
Patnaik greets the teams and the audience
CM Naveen Patnaik will now say a few words
The Kalinga stadium is one of the best you will see: Batra
No dream is too big to achieve: Batra
President of FIH Narindra Batra is on the stage to address the audience 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is welcomed 
The Government of Odisha is sponsoring the game of Hockey for the next five years. Men's and Women's team will be sponsored by Govt of Odisha.
Gaurav Kapoor will host the event
As Rehman sings Jai Hind, Jai India, the stadium feels much patriotic 
And there are the drones making a hockey stick in the sky
Today it is about the drone show. The spiral figures in the sky display the technological might of the nation
As the drones count the seconds, music legend A R Rehman takes the stage
The biggest drone show in India will light up the sky
From the beaches of Puri, to the nations's first smart city Bhubaneswar, the state of Odisha is ready to welcome the men from 16 nations to fight it out to be the champion of the stick and the ball
The heritage-rich state of Odisha will grace teh tourists from across the globe. 
Bhubaneswar is ready to welcome 16 nations that bleed hockey!
Here we go!!
It is about time!

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