The buzz reaching a crescendo is audible to the trained ears. The team flags are visible outside luxurious hotels, the gargantuan billboards drip with war like fierceness, plans are being made in hushed tones, the water cooler at office has come alive, the wide clique of like-minded sport enthusiasts is uniting.
It is time. Time to unleash the dormant sports person and give it license to behave like a creature possessed; possessed with the knowledge that all-in-all this is the time for an out-and-out entertainment fest. Naturally, the glamour quotient, as usual will follow its own break neck trajectory.
The importance of Indian Premier League can be gauged when ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy says, “Change is a law of nature and we feel that we should make progress that is continuous and qualitative.
IPL is a huge TV property and in the recent past, the advancement in television technology has opened multiple options, be it quality of transmission, colour fidelity or other technical factors.”
Perry very nice
The onslaught begins with the arrival of songstress Katy Perry, the reigning queen to the legions of fans and the undisputed owner of her own charming and quirky sense of in-your-face and devil-may-care attitude towards fashion.
Katy has a soft spot for India and we have been privy to many local influences resonating in her style. Her performance at the IPL inauguration show in Chennai, like her iconic fashion status, was as dazzling as her costume.
The team and the team owners, in their uniforms dazzle us with their team colours. Players look prepared for a stylised battle with their unique palette and patterns, which lights up the field. A balance seems to be strived for a look, that is fierce yet chic, professional yet adorable.
The owners, play their pivotal part in the game with adopting an understated elegance. The ladies, very much in the forefront, are eclectic with their accessorising the sporty look and add their latest branded bags, comfortable ballerina flats or block heels and designer shades to the mix.
The players of Pune Warriors India team will be playing for the first time on its home ground.
They are young, full of energy and represent the large youth population of Pune and will don new turquoise blue and silver colour. Turquoise blue — a bright colour — stands for zeal, confidence and victory, the very
attributes of a Warrior. Roy shares, “Interestingly, I was told that, the particular turquoise blue shade was discovered accidentally by Adidas while working on the range of shades we had short listed earlier.
The shade was an instant match to our requirement.”
Every team owner is worth his team, but more importantly, is worth the guests sitting in his box. Bollywood is a contributor of great importance here as the noose-tight shooting schedules, endorsements etc are forgotten and in their sporty chic, the stars emerge to stand by the side of their friends.
If the friend inches closer towards a win — a measured whoop of delight is let out accompanied by delicate claps or else, shaking their coiffed head and offering a comforting hug is in order if the event takes an unwelcome turn. We, the audience, can’t help but revel in these sightings.
Manna from heaven in these matches is undisputedly, the cheerleaders. A cricket enthusiast or not, we all look forward to the fours and sixes so that we can partake the groovy moves of these young, talented ladies.
Never were any intrusions or breaks in the game as welcome as they are now. The humble popcorn is a very poor and weak accompaniment of the game in the present scenario.
The Pune Warriors have pulled all stops on their take ‘Bhartiya Nrityanganas’ or ‘Cheer Queens’. The idea germinated on the suggestion of ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy who thought that this popular platform should also showcase our rich artistic heritage and culture to the world.
With their well orchestrated and spirited moves, Pune Warrior India’s lively troop of Cheer Queens, dressed in nine different ethnic Indian wear, will thus be fusing cutting-edge entertainment along with traditional Indian dance forms that are eternally expressive and truly timeless.
The ethnic dances presented will include Bharatnatyam, Maharashtra’s Lavani, Manipuri dance, Kuchipudi, Haryanvi, Bengali and Mohiniyattam.
This is what the past few days of anticipation enhancing exercise has been all about. Players — unsheathe your weapons of choice; fans — be prepared with your own style of madness. Time to blow the inauguration horn and let out the team war cry. Let the show begin.
About pune warriors
• The cheerleaders for Pune Warrior India’s will be dressed in nine different ethnic Indian wear, including Bharatnatyam, Maharashtra’s Lavani, Manipuri dance, Kuchipudi, Haryanvi, Bengali, and Mohiniyattam.
• The team has ditched their black uniforms for bright turquoise blue ones.
• Saurav Ganguly is the captain for the team.