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04/04 10:15.40 AM

Before the adrenaline-powered cricketing action spanning 54 days takes over lets plunge into the star-studded IPL opening ceremony or better still the IPL Opening Nite.

We have parked ourselves at the right areas of this spacious YMCA ground in Chennai, so that we get to see the dazzling ladies - Katy Perry, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopara up close and not to forget Big B and Salman Khan will be performing too. Now what else do you want.

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- Big B makes an appearance and now he is busy shaking a leg with co-performers. He is reciting a couplet from a poem as the dancers are busy enacting those. The poem was written especially for the IPL opening ceremony by lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

- It's going to be a two and a half-hour long ceremony and it will be stunning. That's what IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla says.

- Percussionists perform at the IPL opening ceremony. There are dancers as well in glittering dress to enthral the audience at the YMCA grounds in Chennai.

- 'Colonial Cousins' Hariharan and Leslie Lewis get on with some electrifying performance with the number 'Krishna Begane Baro'

- The drummers were form the band Ravi drums

Big B's tweet before his performance: "The pain killer works! Killed everything else, but the pain." Amitabh Bachchan recently had an abdominal surgery.

A little on IPL:

Nine teams will be playing a total of 76 matches - 16 each on home and away basis - to decide the top four, who will proceed to the four-match play-off stage.

This season could be make or break for IPL, which has had its share of controversies in the last 12 months. In 2011, the television ratings fell, Kochi Tuskers were expelled after their owners failed to pay the bank guarantee and then Sahara, the owners of Pune Warriors and chief sponsor of the Indian cricket team, threatened to severe its ties with the Indian cricket board in February.

IPL's newly appointed chairman Rajeev Shukla, who took over last year, attributed the dip in last year's TV ratings to "cricket fatigue".

"IPL is a different tournament. Twenty20 is fun for fans, and India's performance will not have an impact on the tournament. Last year's fall in TV ratings were due to the bad timing, as the IPL was held immediately after India won the Cricket World Cup in the 50-over format. There was cricket fatigue," Shukla said last week. (IANS input)

- Priyanka Chopra makes an appearance. She is dancing to the Don song - Aaj ki raat hona hai kya…

- Okay... this is interesting…very interesting; she is air lifted via cables as she continues to do aerial aerobics hanging mid-air.

- Priyanka is back on stage and dancing along with fellow dancers. The song this time is Dhan ta nan from the movie Kaminey. This was a PC starer.

- Prabhu Deva is here. He gets on with his famous muqabla song. A bit of re-mix there - It's Main aisa kyoon hoon from the movie Lakshya. The song was choreographed by Prabhu Deva is this Hrithik Roshan starer. It's Tera hi jalwa on the floor now.

Off twitter: Prabhu Deva has put on some weight, but can still dance well. Hats off!

- VJ Gaurav Kapur is anchoring the show - IPL Opening Nite - at the YMCA Grounds in Chennai.

- Spotted actor Venkatesh

- Okay PC will be speking to Chennai Super Kings team. She says: "It's the IPL Opening Nite and it's just not possible that I dont speak to these guys.".

PC asks MS Dhoni to name his favourite 3 IPL teams. Dhoni greets the Chennai crowd in Tamil and says "Man United, Man City and Arsenal" Cool!

PC asks MSD if his wife's presence influences his game.. and he says he plays with same aggression against every team. Interesting!

PC says, you guys have won the IPL two times in a row, can you do a hat-trick. No reply from team captain Dhoni or the players, but the fans shout: "Yessss".

- Wow! Kareena Kapoor comes out in a regal black dress - she is covered from head to toe. And we thought Chennai was hot and humid!

- Kareena shedding all those layers of clothes and she in more relaxed now as she get on with the Chamak Challo dance number from Ra. One.

- Ravi Shastri welcoming the captains of the 9 IPL teams - Rahul Dravid (Rjasthan), Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata), Sourav Ganguly (Pune), Adam Gilchrist (Punjab), Virender Sehwag (Delhi), Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai), Cameron White (vice-captain), Daniel Vettori (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Chennai)

- BCCI president N. Srinivasan addresses the gathering. His final words were the good "may the best team win"

- IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla speaks on teh occasion.

-Finally Amitabh Bachchan says a few words. He asks the captains to take take the MCC spirit of the game pledge and the captains come to the podium to sign the pledge.

- Salman Khan walks in amidst cheers. And as he walks the song Aaya re aaya bodyguard from the movie Bodyguard is played. Dancers dance to the peppy song. The song changes to Teri meri prem kahani...But Salman's fav has always been O...O! Jane Jana...and he gets on with a jig on the song. It's hud hud Dabang Dabang now and the song quickly changes to Oh my partner!

- Salman show: It's Bodyguard song once again peppered with IPL tune. And not to forget the Dhinka Chika from Ready.

- Anchor Gaurav asks Sourav Ganguly, what's the best thing about IPL. It has players of "different generation" coming together. Then he talks about the exposure the local players gets…in all it's all goodie, goodie.

- Okay the moment that we had been waiting for is here...Katy Perry comes in and she gets busy singing Teenage Dream. She is wearing harem pants and her trademark purple-blue hair. That's definitely a wow moment and with that it's curtains to the spectacular IPL opening ceremony.

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