Kolkata: 7th may 15, evening was the witness of beginning of IPL season 8 opening ceremony. None other than IPL in cricket world have magnificent opening ceremony. As usual since starting of IPL first season this was planed of glamour’s opening ceremony in Bollywood style yet. Every year most popular actors and actress take the part of this cricket fever begging with charming dance, singing performances. This year again many Bollywood actors and actress fetching performance become the witness of IPL 8 opening ceremony.

Tuesday evening heavy rain completely failed to dampen the spirit of IPL fever as a dazzling Bollywood style IPL opening ceremony. After one and a half hour delay to the scheduled kick started the IPL eighth season 2015 with its familiar grandiose style at the salt lake stadium Kolkata.

Pepsi IPL 2015 Opening ceremony images
Pepsi IPL 2015 Opening ceremony images

As it happened:

As compared with the previous IPL opening ceremony celebration this event was little bit subdued but Bollywood celebrities back-to-back performances enthralled the thousands of drenched fans who were glued to their seats at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

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18:00: this is Indian deadly love about cricket, nobody can stop them neither heavy rain nor tight security measures put into place.Heavy police security surrounded cover Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata has been turned into a fortress but all these number of security checks can’t dampen the spirit of the passionate Kolkata cricket fans.

18:30: it had begun drizzling in Kolkata. All cricket lover and the celebrities keep their finger crossed and waiting for it to stop.

19:00: still it was rain and crowd eyes fix on the ground and sky with a lot of expectation about this evening.

21:00: this time it’s good news, rain has stopped and fans can’t wait for an action to begin the magnificent IPL 8 ceremony.

21:05: after rain stopped everyone was on work at fever pitch to start proceedings. Finally lights are switched back on for the final test, the stadium buzzing with loud cheer.

21:07: the ceremony kicks off with a traditional Bengali song ‘anondoloke, mongolaloke..’ written by Rabindranath Tagore. Several women with traditional costume are performing with lamps holding in both their hands.

21:12: finally the host of tonight come on the stage, its non-other our Bollywood charming star Saif Ali Khan. With first line ‘how India got a new season-Pepsi IPL’

21:15: time to applause as team captains make their way out and come to the stage. Mumbai Indian caption rohitsharma is the first man, followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad caption left-hander ShikharDhawan. Delhi Daredevils caption of JP Duminy. Shane Watson caption of Rajasthan Royals and others.

IPL 2015 Opening Ceremony captions images
IPL 2015 Opening Ceremony captions images

21:16 Salt Lake Stadium gives a loud welcome wise caption of Indian cricket team and caption of Royal Challengers Bangalore VirakKholi. Ones again the stadium gives a loud cheer form the crowd for the welcome of MS Dhoni caption of Chennai Super kings. At last the stadium buzz with loudest cheer to the welcome for home caption GautamGambhir walk out with IPL trophy.

21:20: all team captions take the MCC sprite of Game oath, they all are sign on the Sprite of Cricket bat to uphold the sprite of the game at all times.

21:30: Now time to come to rock the event in Bollywood style, crowd is ready, stage is ready and now ShahidKapoor is the first performer enthralls the crowd siting in Salt Lake stadium. He enters with rides a bike onto the stage. It gives a massive applause by the crowd.He hits a ramp slightly, ones he slips on the stage but recover quickly.

ShahidKapoor delivers seven minute an electric performance which ends with fireworks and laser lights. He performed his Bollywood movie songs. Nobody in the stadium stop himself to cheer for Shahid performance.

21:40: Saif Ali khan is back to the stage and there was a video of flashback about to all previous crown winners of IPL.Saif poll crowds for him all-time favorite cricketers. He mentions Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, ViratKholi, GautamGambhir and MS Dhoni and get a huge cheer form the crowd. Now Saif announced the next performer- this is Bollywood siren Anushka Sharma.

Anushka sharma in Pepsi IPL 2015
Anushka sharma in Pepsi IPL 2015

21:45: when Anushka come on the stage the crowd cheers. ‘Virat..! Virat..!’.Anushka  perform on her movie songs jab takhaijaan and PK tracks.

22:00: the Salt Lake Stadium buzz with loud crowd cheering “Dada, Dada ,Dada, Dada” when his local hero Sourav Ganguly is shown on the big screen and Saif Ali khan mention Sourav Ganguly name.

22:05: now Saif call for next performer, Bollywood rockstar, multi-talented non other FarhanAkhtar. Farhan entertain the crowd with several songs of his super hit songs form the movie Rock On and zindaginamilegidobara.

22:20: Now Saif come at the stage and encouraged crowd for huge cheer for his next performer HrithikRoshan. He show his outstanding world dance skills and gives a rocking dance performance. He perform dace on various songs of his superhit movies “kahonapyaarhai” and “Dhoom 2” etc.Hrithikroshan performance could go down as the performance of the IPL 8 opening ceremony.

10:35: Saif invited all the Bollywood performer- Pritam Da, ShahidKapoor, Anushka Sharma, FarhanAkhtar and HrithikRoshan for one final time. It’s the time of fireworks that cover the stadium sky with fireworks lights.

This is all about the IPL 2015 opening ceremony celebration. We hope you enjoy with our coverage

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