ISL Opening Ceremony: Eight Rhythms of India to Represent Teams

Eminent musician Salim Merchant of the Salim Sulaiman duo said that with the Indian Super League (ISL) they are trying to break all rules and bring out India's culture which would be represented by rhythms from different parts of the country.

Updated: October 11, 2014 23:49 IST
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A view of the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata ahead of the opening ceremony. Picture courtesy ISL Twitter account.

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Kolkata: Going beyond Bollywood music, eight soccer teams of the Indian Super League (ISL) will be represented by eight types of 'desi' rhythms at the gala opening ceremony on Sunday.

Eminent musician Salim Merchant of the Salim Sulaiman duo told PTI that with ISL they are trying to break all rules and bring out our own culture which would be represented by rhythms from different parts of the country.

Representing Kolkata at their home venue will be percussionist and musician Bickram Ghosh, while percussionist Sivamani will play for Chennai at the Salt Lake Stadium. (Also read: Atletico de Kolkata launches theme song)

"Bondo will represent Goa and would bring Goan folk drum rhythms. 'Mumbai Stamp' band led by Taufiq Qureshi will play on all sorts of waste materials like bins, cans, tin boxes, buckets, etc, on Indian rhythms," Salim said.

Adding to the atmosphere will be the Chenda players representing Kerala, Assamese 'dhaki' for Guwahati team and Puneri dhol players for Pune.

Aslam Dafrani on the other hand would represent Delhi. Each team would consist of twenty drummers.

Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra will also set the stage on fire by dancing on a montage of hit songs from her career.

The ceremony will come to a close amidst fireworks accompanied by special rendition of the league anthem by Salim.

From Amitabh Bachchan to Sachin Tendulkar to Mukesh and Nita Ambani, the who's who of Bollywood, cricket and business world will attend the high profile opening ceremony at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan this Sunday.

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