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Follow the Baton- the Queen's baton relay @

http://cwgdelhi2010.org/batonrelay2010/

You can also send an SMS which is stored in the baton.

http://cwgdelhi2010.org/batonrelay2010/?q=send_sms/1

Capturing images and sound

• The baton has the ability to capture images and sound as it travels through all 71 nations of the Commonwealth. Images and sound from the baton will be available on the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi website.

GPS system

• The latest global positioning system technology housed within the baton will allow its location to be viewed on the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi website.

LED lighting

• Light emitting diodes embedded within the baton will transition into the colours of a country’s flag, whilst the baton is in that country.

Text messaging

• Messages of congratulations and encouragement can be sent to the baton. Selected messages will be available for viewing on the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi website.

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Commonwealth Games' venues will be ready by March: CPWD

source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: With less than a year left for Commonwealth Games 2010, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the agency carrying out renovation and

upgradation of five stadia, is determined to complete work on the sporting venues by March next year.

Newly-appointed director general of CPWD Bhishm Kumar Chug told TOI, "All the venues will be ready by March next year. Major thrust is on timely completion of work."

According to an urban development ministry report, by September, 64% work had been completed in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN), the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. In case of Indira Gandhi (IG) Stadium, 56% work had been done.

With a new timeline in place, the CPWD chief was confident that both JLN and IG stadium would be ready by March, claiming construction work was going on at renewed pace. "Construction work is going on in double shift now," Chug said.

Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, which has achieved 89% completion, would be ready by November whereas Karni Singh Shooting Range with 64% completion, would be ready by December.

SP Mukherjee Swimming Stadium, which has meet 54% target, is scheduled to be completed by January.

On shifting of deadlines, Chug said many important decisions on stadia work were taken late. It is learnt that the decision to construct a tunnel in JLN stadium was taken only in October. The tunnel will facilitate the travel of performers and artists to the opening ceremony on October 3 next year.

The core team which conceived the opening ceremony theme had requested the group of ministers (GoM) to allow construction of a tunnel from inside the stadium to outside to facilitate entry and exit of performing artistes

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Government to take control of Commonwealth Games finances

source: Indian Express

After increasing the Commonwealth Games budget two folds to Rs 1620 crore last week, the government has now decided to take control of the Games funds into its own hands, rather than leaving it to the Suresh Kalmadi-led Organising Committee (OC).

The Cabinet recently decided to set up a three-member sub-committee, comprising of M Ramachandran, urban development secretary, Sindhushree Khullar, sports secretary and Vilasini Ramachandran, who is additional secretary (expenditure department) with the finance ministry, to take charge of the finances. All requests for funds will now be “screened” by the three officials, who are also the Indian government’s representatives on the OC’s Executive Board chaired by Kalmadi.

“The sub-committee on finance has not been notified yet and will be constituted soon. The idea was mooted in the Cabinet note which was also approved by the Cabinet recently as the financing was doubled,” M Ramachandran told The Indian Express.

“The idea behind the formation of this committee was to ensure a screening level before the proposal reaches the Executive Board. It is a guarantee mechanism to ensure that expenditure is undertaken according to the guidelines laid down. All the expenditure proposals will have to be routed through this committee regardless of the expenditure involved,” he added.

The urban development minister, S Jaipal Reddy, already heads the Group of Ministers (GoM) for the Commonwealth Games.

The development comes after the government, in a Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, announced it would pump in more money into the Commonwealth Games, increasing the budget — earlier Rs 767 crore — by over 100 per cent. While the official line is that the sub-committee will help the board take decisions quickly, sources say the move will further clip Kalmadi’s wings.

No more delays

“With only 11 months to go, the government was of the view that it couldn’t afford any further delays. The committee is expected to help expedite the process,” said a sports ministry official who didn’t wish to be identified.

It could be seen as the latest in a series of blows for the OC chief, who has been criticised for the slow pace of work. Last month, after CGF president Mike Fennell raised doubts over the OC’s capability to deliver a successful Games, the government brought the games under its direct purview with sports minister MS Gill all but given charge of the 2010 event and the Prime Minister’s Office deciding to regularly keeping tabs on the preparations.

When contacted, Kalmadi, who is in China for a meeting, declined to comment.

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Commonwealth Games officials fined for letting mosquitoes breed

IANS 10 November 2009, 02:05pm IST

Officials supervising the construction of the Commonwealth Games village have been fined for letting water stagnate at its building

site and making them breeding grounds for dengue-causing mosquitoes, Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain said Tuesday.

"The Commonwealth Games village (in east Delhi) has become a breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes. We had gone there for an inspection last week and fined the officials for allowing water stagnation," Sain said.

Dismissing Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia's critical remarks about the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) failing to check the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, Sain said the civic agency was doing its best to do its best to check the spread of the disease that has already claimed two lives in and around the capital. An estimated 550 people are said to be afflicted with dengue.

"This year, due to late rains in the capital, there was a rise in the number of dengue patients. Next year, we will have the situation under control. There will be no such problem during the Commonwealth Games," he said.

In a familiar blame game, the Delhi health minister said the civic body was not taking proper care to stop breeding of mosquitoes in Delhi. "Despite several reminders, the MCD health officer is not informing the Delhi government about total dengue cases in various hospitals," she said.

Sain, however, said the MCD was taking all precautions to check the spread of the vector-borne disease and keeping a tab on the number of confirmed cases.

"Under the guidelines of the Indian government, the IgM Capture ELISA test is the standard test for dengue. Any patient who is confirmed with dengue under this test is notified to us by all leading hospitals of Delhi, including Apollo, Fortis and Ganga Ram," he said.

"We include the confirmed cases in the final count that we release every day," Sain added.

Preparation for the Commonwealth Games, to be held next year from Oct 3-14, has seen a rash of building and renovation activity all over the city and consequent accumulation of rubble that become breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

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You can’t see it yet, but thanks to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, dry dusty Delhi will have a , beach! The huge artificial beach, complete with sand and waves, is being constructed opposite the Akshardham Temple in east Delhi.

The project between Delhi Tourism and South African hotelier Joe Majola was revealed by Majola ahead of the Delhi government’s planned announcement next week.

The beach is modelled on the artificial beach in Sun City Johannesburg, which has a retractable roof with visuals of the sky and clouds.

To make the 100-metre sandy stretch in the Delhi project, sand was brought from Jaisalmer. The 50metre deep “sea” will have some 200,000 gallons of treated water.

An outing at this beach, once it opens to the public a month before the Commonwealth Games, will be expensive — the likely fee is Rs 2,000 per adult per day including a meal, coupon; and Rs 700 per child.

Six months after the Games, Delhi Tourism will hand over the management to a private entity in return for an annual franchisee fee.

..................notin special tho............we have a beach in Lucknow here.........but i don't know wether they are talking about the same thing.......Indian water parks have a beach section with artificial waves and sand!!!!!!!!!!!

Majola told HT City in a telephone interview that the air temperature will be kept at a balmy 23º C, and the water temperature at 20ºC. “The wave-making machine, Roaring Lagoon, will produce a 1.2m wave every 90 seconds,” said Majola.

“Breathtaking rides will include the Temple of Courage, a hair-raising drop down a 10m chute.” A spokesman for the Delhi Tourism refused to comment and said an announcement would be made over the next week.

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It looks like mairgold flower with green bach ground of their leaves and shoot............marigold is a very hindu and a ver Indian flower.......it is very auspicious here........the symmetry also goes with it!!!!!!

Are baba, the stereotype is right!!! :lol:

(sorry, this is an in-joke for telenovela-watching Brazilians - I know, ANOTHER stereotype :( )

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ITF Futures in May as test event for 2010 Games

source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: The renovation work at the DLTA Complex will be complete by the end of March next year and ITF Futures tournaments will be organised

in May as test events for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the All India Tennis Association said on Tuesday.

The All India Tennis Association secretary general Anil Khanna claimed that the work was being done at a good speed and there was no chance of any delay.

"The work is going on in full swing. We will have the infrastructure ready by February next year. The laying of the courts will be complete by March and we will organise ITF Futures tournaments from May 3," Khanna said after unveiling the logo of Aircel ATP Chennai Open.

There will be a $15,000 men's event and $25,000 women's event, Khanna said

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Commonwealth Games officials fined for letting mosquitoes breed

IANS 10 November 2009, 02:05pm IST

Officials supervising the construction of the Commonwealth Games village have been fined for letting water stagnate at its building

site and making them breeding grounds for dengue-causing mosquitoes, Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain said Tuesday.

"The Commonwealth Games village (in east Delhi) has become a breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes. We had gone there for an inspection last week and fined the officials for allowing water stagnation," Sain said.

Dismissing Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia's critical remarks about the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) failing to check the rising number of dengue cases in the capital, Sain said the civic agency was doing its best to do its best to check the spread of the disease that has already claimed two lives in and around the capital. An estimated 550 people are said to be afflicted with dengue.

"This year, due to late rains in the capital, there was a rise in the number of dengue patients. Next year, we will have the situation under control. There will be no such problem during the Commonwealth Games," he said.

In a familiar blame game, the Delhi health minister said the civic body was not taking proper care to stop breeding of mosquitoes in Delhi. "Despite several reminders, the MCD health officer is not informing the Delhi government about total dengue cases in various hospitals," she said.

Sain, however, said the MCD was taking all precautions to check the spread of the vector-borne disease and keeping a tab on the number of confirmed cases.

"Under the guidelines of the Indian government, the IgM Capture ELISA test is the standard test for dengue. Any patient who is confirmed with dengue under this test is notified to us by all leading hospitals of Delhi, including Apollo, Fortis and Ganga Ram," he said.

"We include the confirmed cases in the final count that we release every day," Sain added.

Preparation for the Commonwealth Games, to be held next year from Oct 3-14, has seen a rash of building and renovation activity all over the city and consequent accumulation of rubble that become breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

This situation being created by the MCD and DELHI GOVT is being perceived by the whole world as one big family at war with each other. How can one get a positive message from this. What was Mayor of Delhi trying to say whether these sites are not under his jurisdiction ? Whether it was not his duty to check every possible area for prevention of breeding of mosquitoes. Why he singled out the CWG venues to point out. Mosquito breding might have found at so may other places also which has not been mentioned. Is CWG 2010 is going to be played between Congress and BJP ? Only this attitude of our authorities gives others a chance to attack our preparedness about the games. Some NOC or anybody else will pick this and make unnecessary halla gulla about mosquitoe breeding at CWG venues. Our Mayor should have avoided this piece of information spcifying CWG venues.

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This situation being created by the MCD and DELHI GOVT is being perceived by the whole world as one big family at war with each other. How can one get a positive message from this. What was Mayor of Delhi trying to say whether these sites are not under his jurisdiction ? Whether it was not his duty to check every possible area for prevention of breeding of mosquitoes. Why he singled out the CWG venues to point out. Mosquito breding might have found at so may other places also which has not been mentioned. Is CWG 2010 is going to be played between Congress and BJP ? Only this attitude of our authorities gives others a chance to attack our preparedness about the games. Some NOC or anybody else will pick this and make unnecessary halla gulla about mosquitoe breeding at CWG venues. Our Mayor should have avoided this piece of information spcifying CWG venues.

I think, they were perfectly right in criticising the building contractors for not adhering to the norms to prevent mosquito breeding. After all peoples lives are at stake. That is more important than some silly spat on an internet forum. And such controversies help in raising awareness, after all they set an example for others to follow. Certainly our people's lives are more important than anything else, even your pride.

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Govt to get Rs 1,000cr for Games

(source: Asian Age)

Nov. 12: Cash-strapped Delhi government is expecting to get Rs 1,000 crores from the Centre for the Commonwealth Games preparations. The government recently submitted its demand for more funds to complete the ongoing projects related to the mega event next year. "We have been told that the Centre will soon grant Rs 1,000 crores for Games. The funds will be in grant unlike the loan of over Rs 900 crores given to the Games Organising Committee," stated a senior official.

Delhi government had cited a dip in revenue for fresh fund allocation and chief minister Sheila Dikshit is said to have briefed the Central government about the requirement. Delhi finance minister A.K. Walia had stated on a number of occasions that the government would require at least Rs 1,000 crores for the timely completion of the Games projects.

"Funds are required as a number of projects need to be completed in time for Games next year. With time being a major concern for the government, it is expecting that the early sanction of the Rs 1,000-crore allocation would help in expediting the ongoing projects," added the official.

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Have to work overtime to finish Games related projects: Dikshit

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Friday reviewed the progress of several Commonwealth Games (CWG) related projects and stated that her government would “have to work overtime to honour deadlines”.

The meeting was to review the progress of various projects of the Public Works Department (PWD) - Barapula elevated road, Ring Road bypass, Ghazipur grade separator and Uttar Pradesh link road - that are related to the Games, scheduled less than a year away.

“There is hardly any time left, we all will have to work overtime to honour deadlines. It will be in the fitness of things if these projects are completed by March-2010,” Dikshit stated.

The chief minister underlined the importance of quality construction. PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, senior government officials and representatives of various constructions companies were present at the meeting.

“It was decided that hindrances, if any will be resolved at the highest level. The contractors have been told to submit a detailed schedule of key indicators. Further they have been asked to submit daily progress reports,” said an official statement.

“The concerned departments are also being requested to issue necessary clearances on the same day the request is received in their offices,” the statement added.

The Barapula elevated road will connect Sarai Kale Khan to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and provide an uninterrupted route up to main venues of the Games.

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MCD making all-out efforts on traffic-related projects

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) MCD is making all-out efforts to complete its traffic-related projects before the Commonwealth Games next year, Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain said today.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a road under-bridge at railway crossing at Narela-Lampur road, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 35 crore.

MCD is going to construct 17 to 18 flyovers and RuBs in the coming year, Sain said adding, MCD is making all-out efforts to complete the projects before the mega event to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Local MP and Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath and area MLA Jaswant Rana attended the ceremony, among others.

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I think, they were perfectly right in criticising the building contractors for not adhering to the norms to prevent mosquito breeding. After all peoples lives are at stake. That is more important than some silly spat on an internet forum. And such controversies help in raising awareness, after all they set an example for others to follow. Certainly our people's lives are more important than anything else, even your pride.

Totally agree...when public health is at stake i think that there is nothing wrong in even critizing something related to prestige of the country.we can't kill people just to make games successful.and if we do that will be weird........lol!

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Have to work overtime to finish Games related projects: Dikshit

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Friday reviewed the progress of several Commonwealth Games (CWG) related projects and stated that her government would “have to work overtime to honour deadlines”.

The meeting was to review the progress of various projects of the Public Works Department (PWD) - Barapula elevated road, Ring Road bypass, Ghazipur grade separator and Uttar Pradesh link road - that are related to the Games, scheduled less than a year away.

“There is hardly any time left, we all will have to work overtime to honour deadlines. It will be in the fitness of things if these projects are completed by March-2010,” Dikshit stated.

The chief minister underlined the importance of quality construction. PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, senior government officials and representatives of various constructions companies were present at the meeting.

“It was decided that hindrances, if any will be resolved at the highest level. The contractors have been told to submit a detailed schedule of key indicators. Further they have been asked to submit daily progress reports,” said an official statement.

“The concerned departments are also being requested to issue necessary clearances on the same day the request is received in their offices,” the statement added.

The Barapula elevated road will connect Sarai Kale Khan to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and provide an uninterrupted route up to main venues of the Games.

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Surprised to see that they weren't even after the game delay fuss.....tho when awake then dawn!!!!

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My main concern is: have they flushed out all the cobras at the Nehru Stadium?

hi barron piere,

I would request you to please maintain the seriousness of the forum. Taunts and a prejudiced cynical view are only going to bring out a similar reaction, destroying the purpose of this thread. This forum is not the right place to do so, it is not a personal forum. Please keep in mind the other forum members, especially those from india. Doesnt mean you don't have the right to criticise, but then back that up with facts, otherwise it is merely a reflection of your bias.

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In India’s fast lane

(source: Financial Times)

A project of similar ambition is under way close by. Behind the gathering worshippers in the dust-filled twilight are arc lights, swinging cranes and the fizzes of sparks from welding torches. Silhouettes of workmen appear in brightly lit illuminated room cavities in the concrete shells of 34 residential blocks.

Building contractors are racing against time to complete the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi by its deadline of the end of next month. These balconied, nine-storey luxury apartment towers have become one of the Indian capital’s most closely watched building projects. They will first house 8,500 athletes and officials next October before their private owners occupy what is marketed by estate agents as premium “global living” space in India’s capital.

Work continues on the Commonwealth Games Village 2010, which has views of the temple

Amid heaps of rubble, workers’ tents and stacks of pipes, signs pointing to nearby training grounds clearly declare the suburb’s immediate purpose as part of Delhi’s 2010 prestige sporting event.

In March 2011 the apartments will become private residences. Already buyers have been lured with grandiose mantras such as “Homes to inspire the next generation of winners” or “A historic address for those shaping India’s future”.

Angelie Monga, a sales executive at Emaar-MGF Land, the real estate company developing the village, says the apartments appeal to non-resident Indians looking for a pied-à-terre in the capital. She says four-fifths of the homes have already sold off-plan, leaving 100 remaining for sale.

“These are high-end flats, near Delhi’s centre,” she says. “There’s more open space on the banks of the Yamuna and nothing can come up beside the village [to crowd it out].”

A map of New DelhiOne draw of the Commonwealth Village is the location, in fast-growing east Delhi, in easy travelling distance to the retail hub of Connaught Place and Delhi’s historical sites, such as Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort. It is also close to the Noida business district, which includes Film City, Amity University and mushrooming office parks of IT outsourcing companies.

A second is the gated-community concept. Many of India’s older suburbs are loosely gated. The Commonwealth Village takes that a step further by offering a self-contained community complete with recreation, study and shopping facilities. Shared features include a 30-metre swimming pool, a gym, a library and a reading room. The village also has a clubhouse and a putting green, a tennis court and a children’s area.

A third is “green appeal”. Although the current site is a dustbowl just far enough away not to catch the stench of the polluted Yamuna and a congested national highway, the developers boast that 70 per cent of the 27-acre site will be open garden landscapes and that the buildings will themselves be “green”. The entire complex will also have a fail-safe supply of electricity in a city where power-cuts are frequent.

Apartment prices vary depending on the view. The show rooms have a distinctly western feel, with marbled bathrooms, fitted kitchens and air-conditioning throughout. For a two-bedroom, three-toilet apartment of 1,443 sq feet the buyer pays Rs19.1m ($408,000). At the larger end of the range, a five-bedroom apartment with seven toilets, at 3,278 sq feet is sold for Rs49.2m. The apartments also come with a servant’s room to suit lifestyles where home help is the norm.

The contract to build the village was won by Emaar-MGF Land two years ago in a bid launched by the Delhi Development Authority. Emaar Properties, a Dubai-based group with operations in 16 countries, is finding comfort in Delhi and other fast-growing cities in India, where supply for high-end property lags behind demand. Back on home turf in Dubai, the global financial crisis has led to an oversupply of housing and sharply falling prices. Not so in India. Property prices in India’s metropolises have remained stubbornly high. Duvvuri Subbarao, governor of the Reserve Bank of India, last month aired concerns about an asset price bubble, warning that property prices had not fallen far enough.

Since teaming up almost five years ago, Emaar and its local partner, MGF Development, have created a growing portfolio and have ambitious plans to build India’s biggest shopping mall and to launch hotels under the Marriott International brand. They have developed residential communities in Chandigarh, the Le Corbusier-designed city north of Delhi; in Chennai in the south and in Gurgaon, a modern satellite business city to India’s capital. New developments, heavily accented on exclusivity and recreational activities such as golf, are also planned for Jaipur and Hyderabad.

Delhi is a city undergoing a big transformation. To modernise the capital of one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies, the government is upgrading outdated infrastructure with a new airport, new flyovers and a metro system to relieve the heavy congestion.

The city is famous for architectural prowess through the ages, with an abundance of Mughal-era buildings and British colonial styles. But high-end residential property is in short supply and as expensive as in any capital city in the world. There are the prized bungalows of leafy Edwin Lutyens Delhi from the early 20th century or villas in Golf Links, Chanakyapuri and Vasant Vihar. Apartments are also popular in the more densely built areas of Defence Colony, the South Extension, Jor Bagh and Hauz Khas. Those seeking more space, less pollution but who are willing to spend more time in the car commuting, opt for farmhouses at Chatturpur or close to the airport near Gurgaon.

The Commonwealth Village reflects a new type of well-ordered accommodation that will grow in popularity. Yet it has its critics. Some well-to-do Delhiites express dismay that the city has not taken a similar route to London and Manchester, which used large sporting events to regenerate dilapidated or under-developed areas. Some argue that an athletes’ village should have been designed as low-cost housing or urban renewal rather than a greenfield real estate opportunity for the country’s rich.

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100 drums beat for Rahman - Musician’s team captures Wangala for C’wealth Games

(source: The Telegraph)

Cameras whizzed and spools of tape recorded the sights and sounds of Wangala music in the Garo hills today, setting the stage for Garo music’s debut on the international stage.

Wangala, the traditional music and dance form of the Garos, will find a place in the opening ceremony of next year’s Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, thanks to music director and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.

Though the famed musician could not visit Tura to record the music and dance himself because of his busy schedule, he sent his team of filmmakers and recordists to capture the dance and the rhythm associated with it.

Rahman’s team, led by directors Bharat Bala and Kanika Myer, along with assistant director Kavita Carmeiro and photographer Akshay Uchil, recorded the dance moves and drumbeats associated with Wangala at Asanangre today, the venue of the annual 100 drums festival, around 25km from Tura in West Garo Hills.

After visiting Asananggre, the film producers took many shots of the arrival of the Wangala troupes.

While the men wearing dhotis, half-jackets and turbans with feathers beat the drums and other musical instruments, the women, wearing colourful silk blouses and head-wraps, danced to the rhythm.

The Wangala dance is performed every year in November as part of the post-harvest festival of the Garos, marking the end of the agricultural year. Through this dance, people express their gratitude to the god of fertility, Misi-a-Gilpa-Saljong-Galapa.

A nagara (special drum used for calling the people on solemn occasions) is beaten on the occasion.

“We will hand over whatever we have recorded — both sound and dance — to Rahman so that he is able to incorporate it when we plan the live performance of a Garo dance troupe during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games,” Bala was quoted as saying by a government official over phone from Tura.

The official added that a Wangala troupe from Garo hills would be taken to Delhi so that the dancers can perform live during the inaugural ceremony of the Games.

Bala and Myer were earlier associated with Rahman in the production of the very successful Vande Mataram and other music albums.

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