Cuttack: The millennium city is all set to bask in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela celebrations at the iconic Barabati Stadium here, today.
Hockey lovers and sports enthusiasts across the globe will witness the spectacular opening ceremony featuring performances by several famous Bollywood actors and singers.
The event will be telecasted live on Doordarshan Sports, Doordarshan Odia and Star Sports from 6 PM onwards and streamed on YouTube channel of Prasar Bharati Sports (https://www.youtube.com/@PrasarBharatiSports).
Bollywood superstars Ranveer Singh and Disha Patani will perform in front of a packed stadium that will seat over 40,000 spectators. Not just those in the stadium will get to witness the spectacle, but fans all around the city will also be able to watch on giant LED screens in the 16 Hockey Fan Parks for live streaming of the celebrations.
The fans will also get to sway to the musical stylings of internationally acclaimed K-Pop band: Black Swan, which includes local Odisha singer Shreya Lenka! Popular Indian musician/composer Pritam, who composed the official anthem of the World Cup “Hockey Hai Dil Mera”, will also take stage along with the 11 singers who sang the anthem. The rich night of music will be further enhanced by the rock and roll music of iconic bollywood singers Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan.
Talented performers from the state of Odisha will also add in a local flavour, led by Odissi dancing legend: Guru Aruna Mohanty. The Trophy Celebrations will showcase India’s rich culture and history, while also highlighting its recent advancements. It will also signal the start of the 15th edition of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, which will get underway on 13 January 2023, with the first two matches of the day being played in Bhubaneswar followed by two more matches in the evening, in the brand-new Birsa Munda International Hockey stadium in Rourkela.