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Hockey World Cup 2018: "Oneness Of Humanity" enthralled audiences at the opening ceremony

Updated : November 28, 2018 11:48 AM IST

The men's Hockey World Cup 2018 was inaugurated in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, conveying a powerful message of "oneness of humanity." The opening ceremony included performances by Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit and renowned music composer A R Rahman.

The ceremony showcased first-of-its-kind theatrical production - The Earth Song, which beautifully depicted the theme of the ceremony. Written and directed by Nupur Mahajan, it featured Madhuri as the central character, Mother Earth.

Rahman brought to life his and Gulzar Saheb's composition Jai Hind Jai India' with a live performance, which is the official song and tune of the World Cup.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who once played a hockey team coach in the movie Chak De! India, recalled his days playing the sport. "I did play a little bit of hockey in school and college. I used to play as a centre forward, and right opposite me was obviously a goalkeeper," he said.

The World Cup was declared open by Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the ceremony, which was attended by all 16 captains.

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Team captains join Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik for a picture at Mukteshwar Temple, Bhubaneswar, November 26, 2018, ahead of Mens Hockey World Cup 2018. (PTI Photo)
Team captains join Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik for a picture at Mukteshwar Temple, Bhubaneswar, November 26, 2018, ahead of Mens Hockey World Cup 2018. (PTI Photo)
Rehearsals for inauguration ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 underway at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on November 25, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Rehearsals for inauguration ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 underway at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on November 25, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Rehearsals for inauguration ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 underway at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on November 25, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Rehearsals for inauguration ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 underway at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on November 25, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Indian Hockey players during a practice session ahead of the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Indian Hockey players during a practice session ahead of the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Music maestro AR Rahman performs during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Music maestro AR Rahman performs during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Actress Madhuri Dixit performs during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Actress Madhuri Dixit performs during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
The Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony underway at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
The Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony underway at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Actor Shah Rukh Khan during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Actor Shah Rukh Khan during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik (C) flanked by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra and team captains of participating nations during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik (C) flanked by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra and team captains of participating nations during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)
A view of the firecrackers display during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
A view of the firecrackers display during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
Music composer AR Rahman performs during the inaugural ceremony of Mens Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Music composer AR Rahman performs during the inaugural ceremony of Mens Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Music composer AR Rahman performs during the inaugural ceremony of Mens Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Music composer AR Rahman performs during the inaugural ceremony of Mens Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Published : November 28, 2018 11:48 AM IST
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