Melbourne, Mar 23 (UNI) The Delhi 2010 Organising Committee's India Gala Dinner was held at Melbourne Town Hall last night, offering a taste of what to expect during the Indian Handover Ceremony this Sunday.
The Delhi 2010 Organising Committee hosted a bevy of Bollywood beauties, along with representatives of all 71 Commonwealth nations and Australian and Indian Government and Games officials.
Having arrived here on Wednesday evening, Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister Delhi also attended the Gala Dinner as a lead up to the handover of the Commonwealth Games from Melbourne to Delhi this Sunday in the Closing Ceremony.
Prince Edward and Lord Sebastian Coe joined John Harnden, CEO of Melbourne 2006 on the evening, along with Justin Madden, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.
Choreographer Shiamak Davar injected Indian enthusiasm into the India Gala Dinner with his Bollywood extravaganza and will do the same at the Closing Ceremony of the 18th Commonwealth Games this Sunday.
He has performed for Bill Clinton, choreographed Will Smith and was responsible for providing a sparkling burst of Indian energy at the World Economic Forum's closing grand soiree in Davos this year.
Shiamak Davar is no amateur at getting vast international crowds swinging to Indian beats and Melbourne will be no exception. Mr Bollywood means business.
Showcasing the culture, rhythms and fashion of India, the India Gala Dinner set the spirit of India alight, as a timely prelude to the Indian Cultural Segment, which will take place within the upcoming Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.
''We will give a glimpse of India's rich culture and heritage in the 11 minutes allotted to us and invite the athletes of the Commonwealth to attend the best ever Games in 2010.'' said Mr Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.
The 11-minute Handover Ceremony at the MCG in Melbourne promises to light up the sky. Key performers in the segment included Saif Ali Khan, the heartthrob of Indian cinema, Rani Mukherjee, one of the most talented actresses on the Indian screen, Aishwarya Rai, former Miss World and Bollywood sensation and Lara Dutta, the first Miss Universe of the new millennium.
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