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Pepsi 2015 IPL Opening Ceremony — Pritam Chakraborty Singing Tagore’s ‘Anandaloke’.

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The entire 2015 Pepsi IPL Opening Ceremony, videos of which are available at iplt20.com, ESPN and YouTube, on April 7, 2015 was an eye-opener. It was VERY Indian, mainly Bollywood but compelling, with some outstanding sequences. It was not on par with an Olympic Opening Ceremony, e.g., London 2012, but it was still, nonetheless, very well produced. I happened to catch it, serendipitously, on ESPN. Actually, from what I can see, the BEST place to get the entire video of the opening ceremony, is the ESPN APP — in my case the Roku ESPN APP. (Not the ESPN Cricket 2015 APP — just the straight, U.S., ESPN APP.) The official “Indian Premier League” site, iplt20.com, appears to have GOOD clips — but not the entire 2 hour ceremony as one video clip. [Much of what is on YouTube and other Internet outlets is garbage and some are showing other unrelated video under the ‘opening ceremony’ title!]

The opening ceremony, which I gather was delayed due to a rain storm, started with this Pritam Chakraborty sequence and the song being performed is ‘Anandaloke‘ by India’s famed polymath and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore [1861 — 1941] — who among other things inspired the National Anthems of India, Bangladesh and even Sri Lanka!

This, I found, to be quite mesmerizing, cleansing and soothing (as I invariably do with stuff done by Rabindranath Tagore). Listen to it. Savor it. It will uplift you and make you, at least for a few minutes, see the world in a different light.


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