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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Anand vs Carlsen World Chess Championship 2013: Traditional Indian Dances to Feature in Opening Ceremony

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

The World Chess Championship Match 2013 opening ceremony at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai will feature dance and cultural shows by Natya Sankalpa, belonging to 'Kalaimamani' award winning Bharatnatyam dancer and 38-year old Urmila Satyanarayanan.

The Natya Sankalpa (taking oath) is an institution that emphasises on the knowledge of dance, carnatic music and yoga in the formation of the Bharatnatyam. The visiting Norwegians and other dignitaries are going to be treated to some of the best cultural shows of India.

During the planned hour long ceremony, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa will make the drawing of colour for the two players, world champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Magnus Carlsen, according to the Asian Chess Federation.

About 30,000 people will attend the opening ceremony before the eyes of live television which will travel across the globe. Doordarshan, India's National Television Network which won the broadcasting rights for the match will transmit the match on its channel DD-Sports.

FIDE, Asian Chess Federation, All India Chess Federation, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and the Chennai District Chess Association officials will be in full attendance for this event which will be held for the first time in India. The players will be before the eyes of the chess world.

India is ready for this mega event. The first time Asia staged this was in 1975 at Manila. And the last time was at Tehran 2000 when Viswanathan Anand won it first time.

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