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In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony

  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • IPL captains from the nine franchises stand on the stage, with the trophy that they will be playing for shining in the middle.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore's newly-appointed captain Virat Kohli leading other skippers to the gigantic stage set up for the opening ceremony.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accompanied by BCCI president N Srinivasan and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • An air balloon with the IPL logo was lifted atop the stage, with huge placards showing the logos of all nine teams attached to it.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • Bollywood superstar and co-owner of the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan, was the show-stopper of the opening night.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • Actor Katrina Kaif also danced to famous Bollywood numbers to set the tone on a glitzy evening in 'The City of Joy'.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • Bollywood heartthrob Deepika Pudukone, who has also been associated with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, was also one of the star attractions.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • The organisers saved the best for the last with American rap artist Pitbull getting a huge welcome from the Kolkata crowd.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • Among the guests at the ceremony were Kolkata and Bollywood's iconic singers/musicians Bappi Lahiri and Usha Uthup, who also enthralled the crowd by singing some of their evergreen disco numbers.
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  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony
  • In pics: The starry IPL 6 opening ceremony