first_imgA number of international athletes and delegates were on Monday greeted by Indian volunteers and players at Commonwealth Games Village with ’tilak’ as part of the ongoing ‘Navratri’ celebrations.Athletes and foreign journalists working here were seen wearing ‘vermilion’ or ’tilak’ on their forehead.”I had gone to visit some places where some women put tilak on me. They said it is a part of Navratri,” said an athlete from Isle of Man.The ‘Navratri’ meaning nine nights/days signifies religious festival for worshiping different forms of Goddess Durga.”It is good to see people celebrating here,” said John, a Canadian, who had come to cover Games.Other than the tilak on the forehead, rest everything was usual in the Village on the eigth day of the competition.The international area also buzzed with a fair amount of athletes who enjoyed facilities at the games parlours, massage centre, bar and restaurants.Many were seen interacting with other players in the area around amphitheatre in New Delhi.The 12-day long event featuring 17 sport disciplines like archery, cycling, gymnastics, swimming, boxing and shooting will conclude on October 14.Over 2,100 people fined for violating Games lanesOver 2,100 people were caught by traffic police in the national capital in the past over a fortnight for illegally straying into the lanes earmarked for Commonwealth Games related traffic.A total of 2,107 were found violating the norms and out of this, 1,914 were challaned on-the-spot which helped government coffers swell by Rs 38.28 lakh since September 23 when the Games lanes became operational.advertisement”A total of 1,914 challans were issued and 293 sent as notices,” Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic), told reporters.Sufi singers Kailash Kher, Zila Khan to sing duet at GamesIndian sufi singers Zila Khan and Kailash Kher would come together to render popular and traditional sufi songs at the closing ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games on October 14.The Hindustani classical vocalist Zila Khan will sing two solos followed by two duets with sufi sensation Kailash Kher during the event at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.Both the singers would also be participating in a medley of songs by different artists at the grand finale expected to be a big spontaneous event, signifying the world as one big happy family.”My solo songs are amazingly popular and will have the audiences singing along at the ceremony which I can tell is going to be a beautiful entertaining programme,” the singer who has been dubbed the sufi legend of the new millennium told PTI.Also, Kailash Kher who leads his band Kailasa and has composed the song ‘Yaaro Jashn Manao’ for the Games will also be entertaining the crowd.Incidentally, this is the first time that the singers would be performing together.Declining to reveal more details, Zila said she credits the Indian government as well as the organisers for including her in the mega event.”I am very honoured that India has chosen me to represent our country in the sufi segment of the closing ceremony. The credit should go to the organisers on how they have chosen to represent India’s heritage and culture over any industry,” she said.Daughter of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan’s daughter, Zila Khan a member of the Organising ceremonies team and is about to wrap up her concert in Jaipur before she flies to Delhi to rehearse for the Games final ceremony.”Sufi is very popular across the world, especially with the youngsters in the west. You won’t believe the number of people who come to congratulate me and express their gratitude for my music which they say is drawing more youngsters towards traditional Indian music,” said Zila.The singer, who does a minimum of two to four concerts in America and Europe every year, said sufiana singing is a hit with international audiences.Kher also has just completed a successful tour in the US, where sufi music has a following.With inputs from PTIlast_img

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