KWAN Facilitates Entertainment at IPL Opening Ceremonies; The Artists Share their Experience
by Rachael Rajan Entertainment | April 24, 2017 | News
Encompass Tiger Shroff Disha Patani Shraddha Kapoor
Kwan, one of India’s leading talent management companies, worked in close collaboration with Encompass in providing entertainment at the IPL opening ceremonies held at the first home game of each of the eight franchises. These took place between April 5 and 15 in Hyderabad, Pune, Rajkot, Indore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi. This is the first time the IPL had multiple opening ceremonies; but with the IPL celebrating 10 years, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and others thought it would be fitting to have a grand celebration in each of the 8 cities, allowing fans across India to experience the entertainment live.
“We are thrilled and humbled to be a part of India’s biggest entertainment property and provide talent for all the opening ceremonies. It was a great experience for both our talent and us,” said Vijay Subramaniam, Partner and Founder, KWAN.
Kwan facilitated the following entertainment acts: Amy Jackson in Hyderabad on April 5; Riteish Deshmukh and Shalmali Kholgade in Pune on April 6; Tiger Shroff in Rajkot on April 7; Disha Patani in Indore on April 8; Kriti Sanon in Bangalore on April 8; Sushant Singh Rajput in Mumbai on April 9; Shraddha Kapoor and Monali Thakur in Kolkata on April 13; and Yami Gautam, Moti Khan, Raftaar and Guru Randhawa in Delhi on April 15.
On collaborating with KWAN for the entertainment acts, Ria Agnihotri, Client Servicing Director, Encompass commented, "Working on the IPL opening ceremonies 2017 has been an experience like none other. Pulling off 8 ceremonies across 10 days was a mammoth of a task and we knew that the first thing we needed to do was to surround ourselves with a bucket of the best partners across the country. Entertainment is key in any IPL opening ceremony, and we partnered with KWAN to help us with this piece bearing in mind their portfolio of some of the best talent in the country. While we already share a great rapport with them, for this project they came on board as an extension of our team, and helped us pull of some great entertainment segments across the ceremonies. It has been a pleasure to work with them."
Avinash Bidaia, Business Head, KWAN added, “In our strategic association, we, along with Encompass shared a similar outlook of promoting excellence in entertainment along with the desire to provide the highest quality of performers at IPL."
We also caught up with some of the entertainers following the event.
Talking about his experience performing in Rajkot, Tiger Shroff remarked, “Performing for IPL this year at Rajkot was an amazing experience. It's always fun performing for a live audience but the crowd in the stadium was overwhelming. IPL completes 10 years this year and the energy in the stadium showed the love and support people have for this game. It was a great experience and a memorable one too.”
Shraddha Kapoor said, “It was amazing to perform in front of such a large crowd. The energy in the stadium was electrifying and I really enjoyed dancing as they were cheering me on."
“The whole experience was so surreal. It was lovely dancing to some great songs in front of such a high octane crowd just before the IPL fever started in the city of Indore," remarked Disha Patani following her performance in Indore.
Sushant Singh Rajput added, “It was indeed an honour to perform at the 10th Season of IPL opening in Mumbai. It was surreal as it was the same ground I shot the opening scene for my film M.S. DHONI - The Untold Story. This time around, I was there to celebrate, and it felt amazing."
This year to celebrate 10 years of IPL, 8 ceremonies were organised between April 5 and 15 at each of the franchises. KWAN worked with Encompass to provide the entertainment.