Bhubaneswar: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan joined the second phase of the inaugural ceremony of Hockey Men’s World Cup at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Wednesday.
The entire stadium roared ‘Bhaijaan’ as he entered the stadium amid 15,000 people gathered from across the state. The heartthrob of Indian cinema greeted thousands of his fans in Odia, “Namaskar. Mu tumaku bhala paaye. Baliyatra kemiti chalichhi.”
The iconic Barabati Stadium also reverberated with Oscar winning music director AR Rahman’s soulful renditions during the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup celebrations event.
During celebration, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated 1975 Indian Hockey World Cup team on the stage. Chief Minister also felicitated Rahman and Salman with silver filigree miniature Hockey mementos made by national awardee differently-abled craftsman Pankaj Sahoo.
The event was concluded with Gulzar’s Hockey World Cup anthem ‘Jai Hind Hind, Jai India’.