The Academy award winning musician had promised to go beyond Shakira's soccer anthem 'Waka Waka' with the composition and he delivered a powerful performance, backed by a spectacle of dancers.
Amidst a colourful play of fire works and 500,000 watts of music, the crowd cheered as the aerostat, which cost a whopping Rs 40 crore, came alive with vivid imagery.
Dressed casually in a white jacket-and-denims combination, the hitmaker was welcomed by loud cheering as he stepped on to the stage to perform the theme song.
Flanked by dancers in red and white, Rahman also performed his international hit 'Jai Ho' which won him an Oscar last year.
Adding to the special effects were the hundreds of light beams that crisscrossed each other. During the entire song, fire crackers went up in the air illuminating an otherwise dark sky.
The audience included Prince Charles, his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and an estimated two billion people who watched the ceremony on live television around the world.
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