Performance of "Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto", official song of the games
|Date||3 October 2010|
|Time||19:00 - 22:00 IST|
The opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main stadium of the event, in New Delhi, India. It began at 7:00 PM (IST) on 3 October 2010 ending at 10:00 PM (IST) displaying India's varied culture in a plethora of cultural showcases. Wizcraft was given the contract to produce the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The following were the guests that attended the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games:
A total of three heads of state from outside India attended the opening ceremony; two from Commonwealth nations and one from a non-Commonwealth nation. The three head of states are Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru and a multiple Commonwealth gold medallist, and Albert II, Prince of Monaco, a former Olympian, whose country Monaco is not a member of the Commonwealth.Sir Anand Satyanand, the Governor General of New Zealand (the first of Indian descent), attended the ceremony as well.
Alongside the Commonwealth president, attendees included International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge. He was quoted as saying "I think India has set a good foundation stone for the Olympics bid and a successful Commonwealth Games can help India mount a serious bid for the Olympics."
The opening ceremony featured aspects of India's heritage and culture in seven segments. It featured an aerostat costing U$8 million, measuring 40×80x12 meters and manufactured in Oswestry, England. The original plan was to have drummers on the aerostat, but the plan was cancelled. The ceremony started with the Indian national anthem which was played live at the stadium. The roof of the stadium turned into orange colour and the ground was lit up with three colours of the Indian flag - orange in the center, white in the middle and green near the boundary.
The countdown for the opening of commonwealth games started as the drums were being played, and fireworks exploded from the roof of the stadium. The aerostat slowly raised from the ground to the center space of the roof while a traditional Rajasthani hymn was being played by the musicians. Various Drummers from Kerala, Manipur, Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab and Meghalaya played a symphony that aimed to be "uniquely Indian in character, yet global in appeal". Seven year old tabla player Keshav from Puducherry played the tabla instrument in front of the audience live and he was given a big applause from the audience.
Hariharan led this segment, which created an amalgamation of Hindustani classical, Carnatic and folk music. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman, who also composed the official theme song of the games, and was performed by various artists along with Hariharan. Children from various Delhi schools participated in a simultaneous performance forming hands of an Indian woman in a pose of Namaste - a popular Indian salutation. Later, they separated and rearranged themselves in another formation representing the Indian flag colors of saffron, white and green while another group of children entered the stadium and covered the flag formations with a large white cloth. In a widely appreciated act, the children then made a mehndi - a traditional Indian art - on this large white piece of cloth in under 30 seconds on the spot.
Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak), Guru Rajkumar Singhajit Singh-Charu Sija Mathur (Manipuri), Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam), Dr. Sonal Mansingh (Odissi), Bharati Shivaji (Mohiniattam) and Raja Reddy-Radha Reddy (Kuchipudi) choreographed 480 dancers bringing alive India's "Guru-Shishya Parampara" or the master-protege tradition on stage through classical dance recitals which also depicted four different seasons of India. The aerostat (the largest ever helium balloon built for such an event) formed the leaves of the Bodhi tree, while large strips elevated from the ground, made of silk and bamboo fibre form the tree trunk.
This segment will give a glimpse of the lives of the masses in India, as seen through a train window. Art director Omung Kumar created a 600-ft train of bamboo sticks for this. It portrayed a common man's life and every thing in it, such as the bangle shops, politicians campaigning, Bollywood, the cycle shop etc.
Australia entered first as the host of the last games, and India entered last as the host. Excluding these two nations, the flag bearers entered by alphabetical order of their nations; Anguilla was the first (after Australia) and Zambia was the last (before India). Each flag bearer was preceded by a woman in traditional Indian dress, each reflecting a different part of the country, carrying a placard with the country's name.
|Order||Nation||Flag bearer||Sport||Total Athletes|
|1||Australia (AUS)||Sharelle McMahon||Netball||377|
|2||Angola (ANG)||Ronnie Bryan||Cycling||12|
|3||Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)||James Grayman||Athletics||17|
|4||Bahamas (BAH)||Valentino Knowles||Athletics||24|
|5||Bangladesh (BAN)||Asif Hossain Khan||Shooting||70|
|6||Barbados (BAR)||Laurel Browne||Netball||39|
|7||Belize (BIZ)||Kaina Martinez||Athletics||9|
|8||Bermuda (BER)||Kiera Aitken||Swimming||14|
|9||Botswana (BOT)||Amantle Montsho||Athletics||49|
|10||British Virgin Islands (IVB)||Joseph Chapman||Squash||2|
|11||Brunei (BRU)||Ampuan Ahad||Lawn bowls||12|
|12||Cameroon (CMR)||Hugo Mamba||Athletics||20|
|13||Canada (CAN)||Ken Pereira||Field Hockey||251|
|14||Cayman Islands (CAY)||Shaune Fraser||Swimming||17|
|15||Cook Islands (COK)||Mata Kenny||Lawn bowls||31|
|16||Cyprus (CYP)||Irodotos Georgallas||Gymnastics||56|
|17||Dominica (DMA)||Brendan Williams||Athletics||15|
|18||England (ENG)||Nathan Robertson||Badminton||365|
|19||Falkland Islands (FAI)||Douglas James Clark||Badminton||15|
|20||Ghana (GHA)||Aziz Zakari||Athletics||64|
|21||Gibraltar (GIB)||Colin Bensadon||Swimming||17|
|22||Grenada (GRN)||Imrod Batholomew||Boxing||10|
|23||Guernsey (GUE)||Peter Jory||Shooting||43|
|24||Guyana (GUY)||Cleveland Forde||Athletics||34|
|25||Isle of Man (IOM)||Andrew Roche||Cycling||33|
|26||Jamaica (JAM)||Simone Forbes||Netball||48|
|27||Jersey (JER)||Karina Bisson||Lawn bowls||33|
|28||Kenya (KEN)||Ezekiel Kemboi||Athletics||136|
|29||Kiribati (KIR)||David Katoatau||Weightlifting||17|
|30||Lesotho (LES)||Selloane Tsoaeli||Athletics||10|
|31||Malawi (MAW)||Mary Waya||Netball||43|
|32||Malaysia (MAS)||Siti Zalina Ahmad||Lawn bowls||203|
|33||Maldives (MDV)||Mueena Mohamed ||Table Tennis||28|
|34||Malta (MLT)||Rebecca Madyson||Shooting||22|
|35||Mauritius (MRI)||Louis Richarno Colin||Boxing||55|
|36||Montserrat (MNT)||Peter Semper||Athletics||5|
|37||Mozambique (MOZ)||Kurt Couto||Athletics||10|
|38||Namibia (NAM)||Jafet Uutoni||Boxing||30|
|39||Nauru (NRU)||Itte Detenamo||Weightlifting||6|
|40||New Zealand (NZL)||Irene van Dyk||Netball||192|
|41||Nigeria (NGR)||Faith Obiora||Table Tennis||101|
|42||Niue (NIU)||Narita Viliamu||Weightlifting||24|
|43||Norfolk Island (NFI)||Duncan Gray||Squash||22|
|44||Northern Ireland (NIR)||Mark Montgomery||Wrestling||80|
|45||Pakistan (PAK)||Mohammad Ali Shah||Chef de mission||54|
|46||Papua New Guinea (PNG)||Barbara Stubbings||Squash||79|
|47||Rwanda (RWA)||Disi Dieudonne||Athletics||22|
|48||Samoa (SAM)||Ele Opeloge Dieudonne||Weightlifting||53|
|49||Scotland (SCO)||Ross Edgar||Cycling||191|
|50||Seychelles (SEY)||Steve Malcouzane||Badminton||26|
|51||Sierra Leone (SLE)||Michaela Kargbo||Athletics||31|
|52||Singapore (SIN)||Feng Tian Wei||Table Tennis||68|
|53||Solomon Islands (SOL)||Michael Leong||Tennis||12|
|54||South Africa (RSA)||Cameron van der Burgh||Swimming||113|
|55||Sri Lanka (SRI)||Chinthana Vidanage||Weightlifting||94|
|56||Saint Helena (SHN)||Rico Yon||Shooting||4|
|57||Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)||Tanika Liburd||Athletics||7|
|58||Saint Lucia (LCA)||Lavern Spencer||Athletics||13|
|59||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)||James Bentick||Squash||14|
|60||Swaziland (SWZ)||Siphesihle Mdluli||Athletics||11|
|61||Tanzania (TAN)||Samson Ramadhani||Athletics||40|
|62||The Gambia (GAM)||Fanny Shonoboi||Athletics||17|
|63||Tonga (TON)||Uaine Fa||Boxing||22|
|64||Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)||Cleopatra Borel-Brown||Athletics||82|
|65||Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)||Delano Williams||Athletics||8|
|66||Tuvalu (TUV)||Lapua Tuau||Weightlifting||3|
|67||Uganda (UGA)||Ganzi Mugula||Swimming||65|
|68||Vanuatu (VAN)||Yoshna Shing||Table Tennis||14|
|69||Wales (WAL)||David Davies||Swimming||175|
|70||Zambia (ZAM)||Rachel Nachula||Athletics||22|
|71||India (IND)||Abhinav Bindra||Shooting||495|
In the opening ceremony the head of organizing committee faced embarrassment, when he was booed by the spectators at the start of his welcome speech to 60,000 spectators in the opening ceremony. The atmosphere otherwise for the teams and officials was fine, especially when they offered warm applause to the neighbouring Pakistan squad, with whom it has tense relationships. Sri Lanka also got a loud applause. The head finished his speech in five minutes and then handed over to Michael Fennell, the Chief of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Boxer Vijender Singh carried the Queen's Baton into the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, at the Opening Ceremony. The baton was then passed to boxer Mary Kom, 5-time world champion. It was then passed to Samresh Jung, who was named best competitor of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia . It was then passed to Sushil Kumar, world champion wrestler,  who finally handed the Queen's Baton to The Prince of Wales.
|Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in pictures, The Telegraph Newspaper|
|Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in pictures, The Guradian Newspaper|
|Opening Ceremony - Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games|