Asian Games: China has done it again
The Tao – the way of Chinese life. I just believe in this. More I see the Chinese perfect an art, say it science, technology, human precision, you name it, the more I start believing that perfection is what they strive for, always.
If I thought Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was a marvel (which I watched live in the Bird’s Nest), both in terms of technological excellence and human precision, Asian Games Opening Ceremony was unique as well as astounding. Sitting thousands of miles away from the scene, glued to the TV, I could only appreciate it in awe. It was simply astounding.
The concept was unique – for the first time an Opening Ceremony was being held outside a stadium and the athletes did not parade, but came in sailing riding on flotillas. China’s third longest river – Pearl River – was the first stage of enactment. Then the spectacle moved into the Hai Xinsha island that was converted into a stadium resembling a ship. The theme was water and everything floated, like in a dream.
The verve was astounding, the music intoxicating; the programme, as diverse as it can be. But not even for once that it deviated from its theme – Water.
For a country as rich in culture and ethnicity as China – for the record it has around 56 ethnic groups intersperse in its 9,596,960 square kilometers of area – their cultural extravaganza seemed just routine.
From kung-fu to performance on vertical giant LED screens, the more than four-hour ceremony touched every aspect of Chinese life. The flotillas, representing all 45 countries and regions, sailed with performers lining up both the banks. Pyros were there, like Beijing everywhere. In short, Guangzhou was not far behind Beijing. In terms of setting a precedent, as the Chinese will say, it’s the One.
Though it is unfair to compare and though the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony was beautiful, but when it comes to technology and precision, there was something missing.
And when the cauldron was lit and the Games was declared open, China must have smiled within. Another multi-discipline extravaganza and there they have done it again! Nothing can match the Chinese.
By Indraneel Das