DOHA: Some of Asia’s top superstar entertainers, including Bollywood sensation Sunidhi Chauhan and Cantopop legend Jacky Cheung, will join tenor Jose Carreras at a glittering Asian Games opening ceremony.
Also on the bill will be Lebanese artist Magida El Roumi with more performers announced ahead of the extravaganza at the Khalifa Stadium here on Dec 1, organisers said.
“We are so excited to announce the leading performers who will play a major role in heralding the start of the 15th Asian Games in Doha ,” said organising committee deputy director Ahmed Abdulla Al Khulaifi.
“We recognised the need to bring on board inspiring Asian as well as international artistes in order to encapsulate the wide range of athletes and backgrounds represented throughout the Games.”
The opening ceremony of what will be the biggest ever Asian Games has been in the planning for several years.
Australian company David Atkins Enterprise, which was responsible for the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, was commissioned to conceive, create and produce the Doha version.
“We are eagerly awaiting what will be the culmination of several years of planning for the biggest ceremony Asia has ever known,” said Al Khulaifi.
“More than 8,000 artistes from the Middle East, Asia and around the world will have contributed their creative skills to realise Qatar's dream of making the Doha 2006 ceremonies unforgettable for generations to come.”
Hong Kong's Jacky, a movie star and pioneer of Cantopop, will perform a song specifically written for the opening ceremony.
Sunidhi, coming off the back of a 12-stop US tour, will sing a song, Reach Out, written by Australian composers Paul Begaud and Vanessa Corish as a salute to the athletes from 45 countries taking part in the Games.
Magida will perform a duet with Carreras to mark the arrival of the Games torch into the 50,000-seat stadium.
The Games, which run until Dec 15, offer more than 400 gold medals. – AFP