Like every year, this time too the Indian Premiere League 6 Opening Ceremony proved to be a grand affair. The owner of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders – Shahrukh Khan, took charge of the show with the help of his production company Red Chillies Entertainment.
The stage for the event on April 2, 2013, was set at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. The event was filled with spectacular performances from stars like Katrina Kaif, international rapper Pittbull, Deepika Padukone and Shahrukh. The show started off with fireworks and progressed into a full-scale entertainer.
The host of the show was Sameer Kochhar, who introduced Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Both these former Indian players will be present throughout the IPL 6 journey. Before the performance, Pittbull Tweeted, “@Pitbull finally my performance in india at #PepsiIPL opening ceremony…daleeeeee!”. The Chief minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee inaugurated the show, which was followed by Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Agoner Poroshmani’ playing on the background.
Young dancers were seen taking the arena in the ‘OM’ formation, while holding torches. Shahrukh then recited the poem ‘Where the Mind Is Without Fear’. Shahrukh began the show by thanking Mamta Banerjee, the IPL chief, as well as Deepika and Katrina for their presence. The actor was seen performing some of his popular dance numbers like ‘Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai’.