India today put behind a nightmarish build-up of scandals, filth and dirt and missed deadlines to come up with a dazzling and vibrant opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games -- the country's biggest sporting spectacle -- watched live by a global audience of around three billion.
Against the backdrop of an early October sun set, the spanking new Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium turned into a golden hue as the Rs 44 crore aerostat lifted into the skies and a bevy of puppets danced and over 800 drummers heralded the event.
A spectacular laser fireworks show lit up the evening sky and India took a giant leap, 28 years after it hosted the Asian Games.Text: PTI
Images: AFP In Image: Indian dancers perform in the XIX Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi on October 3, 2010. A a near-capacity 60,000 crowd rapturously applauded the opening laser display as hundreds of thousands of residents of the Indian capital were expected to line the streets, with a global television audience of more than a billion watching the two-and-a-half-hour event which heralds 11 days of competition.
Coverage: Commonwealth Games 2010