Kolkata: The 'City of Joy' hosted a Bollywood-style opening ceremony to kick off the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Tuesday. American rapper Pitbull and superstar Shah Rukh Khan were the main highlights.
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone grooving with SRK to desi beats were cheered by the 60,000 strong crowd at the Salt Lake Stadium.
It reached a crescendo when the evening's biggest attraction of them all - Pitbull - took to the stage.
The 120,000 capacity football stadium transformed into a kaleidoscope of Rabindra Sangeet, Bollywood dance and songs as the 2013 leg formally opened with all the nine team captains taking the ICC Spirit of Cricket Pledge, 'Play hard, play fair'.
Flying drummers, Chinese percussionists and fireworks were some of the other attractions that were on offer for the event.
After that, a collection of balloons rose into the hot air above to the sound of drums, music and the cheers of people with a performer carrying the winner's trophy.
Divided into six segments, the evening began with Khan doing a poetic rendition of popular Rabindra Sangeet Aguner Paroshmani with the popular poetry 'Where the mind is without fear " being played in the background.