People who powered the CWG spectacle

first_imgThe spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010 not only stunned the naysayers and the country at large but the entire world that had not expected much to come out of it, given the pre-Games negative publicity that the organisers had succeeded in accumulating on their shoulders.But more than anybody else, it has vindicated the rank and file that had put it all together – the team of producers, directors, event managers and many more specialists, who have namelessly contributed in making the Games’ kick-off an affair to remember. More than feeling proud, they are relieved at the achievement. “I can’t even begin to tell you how hard we have worked since November last year, when we were signed on to put together the opening ceremony,” says Viraf Sarkari, director and promoter of Wizcraft International Entertainment, the company that presented the Opening Ceremony and is working for the curtain call on October 14.Sarkari helmed the ceremony as the executive producer with his team from Wizcraft that has, in the past, handled ceremonies for the National Games, the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in 2008, as also the IIFA awards, to name a few. Renowned creative engineer Mark Fisher designed the show – he is the name behind the fabulous aerostat at Delhi 2010, has to his credit the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics 2008 and is also working on the design for the ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics.However, Indians like veteran theatre director Bansi Kaul, Kathak danseuse Shovana Narayan and stage-set-prop designer Omung Kumar Bhandula to name a few, were brought on board to Indianise the proceedings.advertisementSound and light were handled by internationally acclaimed Andrew Rodd and Johanas Wahl respectively.Bansi Kaul, who became part of the team only four months back in the capacity of the associate show director, says that he wants to give the credit where it is due. “The OC (organising committee) was bashed up a lot by the media before the Games began but nothing would have been possible without the freedom it gave us,” says Kaul. The veteran director’s brief was to Indianise the presentation, add dashes of colour to bring out the diversity of the country and “not let Bollywood take over as the only cultural entity of the country,” he says.In honour of the true Indian spirit, there was a last minute addition too. That was the laser sketch of Gandhi inspired by the famous sketch of the Mahatma by Bengal painter Nandlal Bose. It was conceived of on October 2, informs Omung Kumar Bhandula, the man behind the idea. “Anywhere else in the world, this would have been unthinkable,” he laughs.A date with the makers of the opening ceremony, who are all now busy putting together the closing ceremony (which is not a big secret for obvious reasons but a surprise nonetheless), is like hitting a goldmine of interesting facts. Each contributor is an unsung hero, whose only focus right now is to take the magnificence of the opening day to its logical corollary on October 14.last_img

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