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.
Varahi, the bore who rescued Mother Earth, finds a mention in Madhuri's performance
Bhagwat Gita is invoked by Madhuri Dixit in her performance
A warm welcome and best wishes to all teams participating in the Hockey Men's World Cup 2018, being held in Odisha. I am sure this tournament will be a treat for sports lovers and will also be an opportunity to discover India’s and especially Odisha’s culture. @FIH_Hockey
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
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!