Asian Games bursts into life at opening ceremony; vibrant colours, intricate performances set stage for tournament [Photos]

The Asian Games opening ceremony was a grand affair, consisting of numerous dance and music performances, along with a few surprises, like Indonesian President Joko Widodo's bike stunts.

FP Sports August 19, 2018 00:31:22 IST
The opening ceremony was a vibrant affair, incorporating dance and music into the history of Indonesia on the incredibly life-like stage. AP
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The opening ceremony was a vibrant affair, incorporating dance and music into the history of Indonesia on the incredibly life-like stage. AP
The Indonesian President Joko Widodo rides in on a motorcycle. AP
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The Indonesian President Joko Widodo rides in on a motorcycle. AP
Dancers perform the traditional Indonesian dance form called Saman. AP
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Dancers perform the traditional Indonesian dance form called Saman. AP
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra led the Indian contingent in the parade of athletes. AP
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Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra led the Indian contingent in the parade of athletes. AP
North Korea and South Korea put aside their differences to march under a unified banner. AP
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North Korea and South Korea put aside their differences to march under a unified banner. AP
The show after the athlete's parade told the rich story of Indonesia's past in extensive and imaginative form, with vocals and dance coming together perfectly. AP
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The show after the athlete's parade told the rich story of Indonesia's past in extensive and imaginative form, with vocals and dance coming together perfectly. AP
The opening ceremony was concluded with the lighting of the cauldron, meant to signify the beginning of the tournament. AP
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The opening ceremony was concluded with the lighting of the cauldron, meant to signify the beginning of the tournament. AP
The Asian Games will get underway in earnest on 19 August, with many Indian athletes in action. AP
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The Asian Games will get underway in earnest on 19 August, with many Indian athletes in action. AP