‘CWG stage to have ethnic Indian flavour’

July 30th, 2010 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Love Story 2050 New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The stage for the opening and closing ceremonies for the upcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG) here in October will be elaborate, extremely technologically advanced, and will have an ethnic Indian touch to it, says famous set designer Omung Kumar.
“I am working on the stage for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be beautiful with a lot of Indian arts and crafts on display,” Omung Kumar told IANS.

“The world will be watching is and everyone is wondering what we are going to do. So as a country, how can we just show something that is not at all India. The stage is going to be beautiful, very ethnic and will completely reflect our Indian culture. A lot of technology is being used yes, but the Indianness will definitely stand out,” he added, without divulging any more details.

The opening and closing ceremonies of CWG will be held in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

Omung Kumar, who has designed sets for films like “Black”, “Saawariya” and “Love Story 2050″, can be trusted enough to bring an Indian flavour to the stage especially after the way he has created a mini-India for a new entertainment destination Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon.

The mini-India is in the form of Culture Gully — an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard at the Kingdom of Dreams - a Rs.2 billion project.

From Punjab to Kerala, he has created small attractions from 14 states in India in all its splendour. Each pavilion houses either restaurants or artisans offering authentic food items and selling regional specialities respectively.

A lot of care has been taken to bring out the flavour of each state in the form of the furniture used, the colours, the ambience, the music and the way the food is served.

The Culture Gully will be open to public starting Saturday.

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