Bollywood actors enthralled the audience with dazzling performances despite heavy rain delaying the start of the "Opening Nite" by one and half hours. However, compared to previous ceremonies, there was disappointment among fans.
All the 8 captains, barring David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad were present. On behalf of Warner, Shikhar Dhawan signed the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge.
The first match will be played today at Kolkata's Eden Gardens. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders face Mumbai Indians.
Here are the pictures from the 'Opening Nite'
Shahid Kapoor on a bike
Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor arrives at the stadium on a bike
Shahid Kapoor performs to a Bollywood number at the Salt Lake Stadium
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly smiles as he attends the 'Opening Nite'
The captains pose in front of the IPL trophy. The final will be played on 24 May
Fans enjoy the proceedings of 'Opening Nite'
Fireworks explode over Salt Lake Stadium as the opening ceremony begins
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar performs
Hritik Roshan steals the show
Bollywood actor Hritik Roshan performs at 'Opening Nite'. He stole the show
Various artists perform at the opening ceremony
Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma dances
Music composer Pritam, Hritik, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka are seen on stage
Another picture of Anushka's performance
Anushka and Hritik
Anushka and Hritik are pictured at the end of the opening ceremony
Hritik's performance was appreciated by the fans