Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the inaugural ceremony of the men’s Hockey World Cup, music maestro AR Rahman today met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.
Rahman will be performing live during the inaugural ceremony at Kalinga Stadium on November 27 and also at a concert at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on November 28.
“I am delighted that AR Rahman visited Odisha and the fans can watch him performing live at Cuttack and Bhubaneswar,” said Patnaik.
Rahman also released the hockey sports anthem ‘Jai Hind Hind’ in presence of CM Naveen Patnaik.
“The song has been penned by Gulzar and it took us nearly three months to come up with the song which has been shot in Odisha, Mumbai, Chennai and other parts of the country. It inspires nationalism and at the same time stands for sports unity,” said Rahman.
Rahman further informed that he would be performing four to five songs during the inaugural ceremony of the Hockey World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27.
Meanwhile, Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh today conducted a recce of the Barabati Stadium ahead of the AR Rahman programme on November 28. As the event is coinciding with Bali Yatra, efforts are being made to segregate the fans from outside who will be visiting Cuttack for the Rahman programme.
43 platoons of police force will be deployed for the Rahman programme at Barabati Stadium and hoardings for fans regarding entry and exit points will be put up at 11 different places around the programme venue.
“We are trying to restrict the movement of vehicles as well as pedestrians to some extent on Cantonment Road which will be mostly used for the fans coming to the city for the AR Rahman programme,” said Singh.
Out of the 16 participating teams, players and officials of Argentina, South Africa, China and Spain have arrived while England, New Zealand teams are expected to arrive in Odisha tonight.
Sources said England team players have urged Commissionerate Police to make necessary security arrangements as they would be visiting a different restaurant for food during the entire Hockey World Cup tournament.
“As the England team will go to another venue, we will be making necessary security arrangements,” said Bhubaneswar DCP, Anup Sahoo.