Spanking new stadia await the excitement of some 7000 participants who have travelled to New Delhi from across 71 nations to display their athletic prowess. World audience, and athletes… just a few more hours to go! The (anticipated) extravaganza of the Opening Ceremony this evening should set the tone for the next 11 days.

I was searching for video clips of the different venues across The Games Village. Here’s what I found. Thank you, jerrypkla for the upload.

What’s an event of this magnitude without an anthem? Watch, and listen to the passion in Swagatam rendered by Hariharan with Delhi’s school kids painting with henna (thank you, 6271mani for uploading on YouTube); Jiyo… Utho… Badho… Jeeto (Live, Rise, Ascend, Win) by Rahman. Thanks, Apooppan, for the HD upload! A R Rahman’s recent composition will grow on you… folks, yeh hai India… wah, wah!

(Yeah, think India; nah, nah, not Africa’s ‘waka waka’!) 😉

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