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#18th Asian Games : The Mega Event Gets Off To A Spectacular Start

Picture Courtesy : News X
Picture Courtesy : News X

A  stunning and rich colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and captivating opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia.

The opening ceremony generally  tells the story of Indonesia and its people through an enthralling mix of dance and music, told by thousands of artists by their sterling performances on stage. Literally setting the stage on fire.

The lighting of the cauldron was followed by a soulful performance from French-Indonesian singer Anggun, who performed with a number of dancers behind her, illuminated by mesmerizing light show coloured with deep shades of purple.

Six of Indonesia’s former medal-winning athletes carried the torch all the way up the imposing mountainous structure of the stage, right up to the very top, where it was used to light a huge fire in a basin fashioned in the style of a volcanic crater.

The ethereal voice of Putri Ayu creates an audible hush amongst the crowd. Goosebumps all

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the flag bearer, led the Indian contingent , players arriving in blue suits with flags in their hands, waving to the crowd

Raising the emotional quotient was the unified Korean delegation, repeating the touching images from the Winter Olympics, to once again deliver the message of world peace amid the recent diplomatic breakthroughs.

Now for the action to begin .

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