Kerala's Kalaripayattu artists matched the Shaolin monks with the display of their mastery of the ancient martial art from of the state.
Reggae artist and Grammy Award winner Shaggy belted out his hit "Feel the rush", accompanied by a multi-coloured laser show.
British pop star Jamelia followed with her super hit "Superstar".
All the artists, including the children, converged onto the field to a synchronised segment of lights, laser, concert sound as fireworks lit the sky over the Chinnaswamy Stadium for a spectacular climax to the opening ceremony.
Earlier, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi declared the league open, saying: "Today marks a change for the better. We look forward to athletes forgetting their differences and invite competitiveness in a constructive manner."
"There's no better time to unveil a new format. CLT20 will help to grow a global fan base for the sport. And all this is possible because of the vision of the three founding members - Cricket South Africa, Cricket Australia and the BCCI," he said.
Image: Artists seen performing the Shaolin dance during the opening ceremony.