South Korean forward scoring against China in the women’s basket ball eventThe Asian Games have grown considerably in scope since they came into existence in New Delhi 31 years ago. On that occasion there were less than 500 athletes from six countries competing for 56 gold medals. At the eighth Asian,South Korean forward scoring against China in the women’s basket ball eventThe Asian Games have grown considerably in scope since they came into existence in New Delhi 31 years ago. On that occasion there were less than 500 athletes from six countries competing for 56 gold medals. At the eighth Asian Games at Bangkok in 1978, there were 3,843 contestants from 25 countries. In 1982, there will be about 5,500 competitors from 33 countries vying for the 184 gold medals at stake. According to reports from overseas, a majority of the countries have trained at length, and the result is likely to show in the demolition of a large number of Asian Games records. An assessment of the favourites in each sport:Archery: In the last Asiad, when this sport was introduced for the first time, Japan took six of the 12 medals – gold, silver and bronze – in four events. China, the two Koreas and Indonesia were the other winners. The contest will again be restricted primarily to these countries, though among women, the South Koreans, who recently bettered one world record in an international meet in Japan, may have an edge.Athletics: In this most important of sports – with its total of 120 medals – Japan and China will be in the forefront, with India in third place. In the 1978 Asiad, India collected 18 medals to China’s 34 and Japan’s 35.China’s strength lies in its women athletes, and added to this is the fact that the Chinese have gained enormous international exposure over the past four years. The Chinese may well overtake the Japanese this time.Badminton: With India’s Prakash Padukone and Malaysia’s Misbun Sidek out of the way, the men’s events are bound to see a clash between Indonesia and China for the top place. In the women’s, these two countries will also have to contend with Japan.advertisementBasketball: In this fast 40-minute game in which virtually every second counts, the Chinese are firm favourites in the men’s event. They were placed third in 1974 and first in 1978. Moreover, they have won the Asian title four years running. In the women’s, South Korea may win though the Chinese will certainly give them a difficult time. Japan and North Korea are the other major contenders.Boxing: Four years ago, Thailand and South Korea were tops in this sport, which has a total of 36 medals this time in 12 weight categories. On current form, these two countries should emerge on top again, going by the results of the 10th Asian Boxing Championships in Seoul earlier this year. The other countries certain to pick up some medals are Pakistan, North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and India.Cycling: For 21 medals at stake, Japan with 12 contestants in the fray is fairly certain to get the top spot. But they face tough competition from China and South Korea, particularly the latter, which won four places in the last Games. Iran and India will offer a limited challenge.Football: In the last Asiad, the two Koreas, with their strained relations, were dramatically pitched against each other in the final which turned out to be a goalless draw. The two were declared joint winners. This year, these countries will have to contend, among others, with China, Iran, Iraq and Kuwait.Gymnastics: This promises to be an exciting event, since Asian standards have soared over the past few years. China is the best bet though Japanese performance is of a high order as well. North Korea is contender number three with South Korea right behind.Hockey (men): Traditional rivals Pakistan and India will be major opponents this time too, with Malaysia capable of providing more than one moment of tension. Current performance and the past record in the Asian Games – a gold, five out of six times – places Pakistan in undoubtedly the most promising position.Shooting: For this sport with its total of 66 medals, a very close quadrangular contest is certain between China, Japan and the two Koreas. In the last Asiad, China bagged maximum of 18 places, but the other three countries were close behind. Thailand, too, will pick up some medals.Swimming: Perhaps no major sport – in terms of medals – is dominated so completely by one country as swimming is by Japan. In the Games at Bangkok last time. Japan had the incredible tally of more than 50 medals in this sport alone – and 25 of these were gold. Japan is sure to emerge as number one with China in second place and possibly Indonesia emerging third.Table Tennis: Just as swimming is primarily Japan’s domain, table tennis is China’s, where they won all seven gold medals in the last Games. They are sure to emerge as the number one Asian nation in a sport in which this continent has dominated the world. And if they repeat their clean sweep, it should not come as a surprise.advertisementLawn Tennis: Shorn of its tennis – professionals the Amritraj brothers and Shashi Menon – India. Asia’s leader in tennis, is at a severe disadvantage. Countries in the race in men’s events are China, Japan, South Korea and, to a certain extent, Indonesia, the last Games’ gold winners in the team event. In the women’s section too, the same countries are favourites though there are likely to be some upsets.Volleyball: In action will be teams which have reached the top in worldwide competition. In the men’s the tussle will be among 1978 gold winners South Korea, Japan, which finished second and had won the Olympic gold 10 years ago and China, which finished, third last time and has done well in international championships. The same three countries are in the race among women, though China are favourites by virtue of their top place in the Third World Cup Women’s Volleyball Championships last year.Weight-lifting: In an event in which the competitors will range in weight from less than 52 kg to over 110 kg, there will be 30 medals. Basic competition will be confined to weight lifters from Japan, China and North Korea, though South Korea and some Middle-East nations should record a few victories.Wrestling: In the 10 weight categories in free style wrestling, Japan will try to maintain its top place which it got last time. Also in the race will be Mongolia which bagged half a dozen medals last time, and South Korea. Pakistan and India should also emerge among the top five.Yachting: It is doubtful if any clear leader will emerge in this sport, to be held in Bombay, which has competitions in four classes – Fire Ball, Enterprise, OK Dinghy and Windglider. India, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Pakistan and Sri Lanka should be among the medals.Five new sports have been introduced this time, and there being no record of steady competition, it is difficult to get a clear picture of favourites. In equestrian events, however, Japan, South Korea and Iraq should be in the vanguard, with India hoping to pick up a medal or two. Golf will have contestants from Japan, the Philippines and South Korea in the lead.In handball, Kuwait is possibly the best bet, with lapan, South Korea and China as possible competitors. In women’s hockey, India are clearly ahead, and Japan and South Korea will be trying to be in the top three. In rowing at Jaipur. Japan, China and North Korea are the major hopefuls.With the rich harvest of medals (156) available in the track and field events, the main focus of the Games will inevitably centre around the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, the athletic challenge starts only on November 25.The timings for the athletic events are from 10 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. and between 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Since the other 20 events being held in New Delhi are in different stadia and the timings clash, below is a day-to-day guide of what will be the most interesting event to watch.advertisementNovember 20: The official start of the track and field schedule, featuring mainly preliminary events. Visually, the most promising events on this day will be the start of the gymnastics competition at the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium with the men’s team competitions. Running a close second will be the swimming heats at the Talkatora swimming pool for both men and women. Other interesting events will be the start of the equestrian, basketball, football and hockey events. Weight-lifting has one final a day starting from the 52 kg class on November 20 and ending with the over 110 kg class on November 29.November 21: Swimming finals will obviously draw the largest crowds on this day with the finals of the 200 m free-style, 400 m individual medley and the 200 m breast-stroke for both men and women. There will also be a gold rush at the archery competitions at the Delhi University Grounds with four gold medals.November 22: Four more golds to be won in the archery competitions and the start of the shooting competition. All eyes will, however, be focussed on the pool where interesting heats will be in progress.November 23: Cycling picks up speed with two finals, some medals to be won at the shooting range, the semi-finals of the tennis event and once again, excitement at the pool with the finals of the 400 m free-style, 200 m back-stroke and 200 m butterfly for both men and women.November 24: A comparatively quiet day with the interest centred around two semi-finals in the cycling events and the swimming heats.November 25: Swimming again dominates the day with eight finals, including the 4 x 100 m free-style relay (amen and women). There are two final events in the cycling competition and much interest will be generated in the hockey semi-finals for women. Table tennis fans have their big day with most of the finals in the individual events on this, the last day of the table tennis competition. Equestrian buffs can see the finals of the show jumping event.Athletics: The first day of the track and field events with six finals and 18 medals up for grabs. In the pole vault (11.30 a.m.) shot put (11.45 a.m.) 20 km walk (2.30 p.m.) and the 10,000 m for men (2.45 p.m.) and the discus throw for women (1.00 p.m.). The star event will be the 4 x 100 m relay for women (3.30). Japanese women have won the event five times in the previous eight Asiads with India, the Philippines and Thailand taking the gold once each, the last-named being the record-holders having won the event in 46:20 sec in the 1978 Bangkok Games.November 26: Also a comparatively uneventful day with two finals in the cycling events and the women’s hockey finals. However, football should have reached an interesting stage and the swimming heats will be well attended as usual.Athletics: Another 18 medals to be won in the finals of the javelin (1.30 p.m.), 3,000 m steeplechase (3.15 p.m.), 110 m hurdles (2.10 p.m.), 800 m (1.30 p.m.), and the 4 X 100 m relay for men (2.30 p.m.) and the 800 m for women (1.45 p.m.). The 800 m for men and women is certain to be the highlight of the day with India having excellent medal chances in both.November 27: Three finals in swimming including the 4 x 200 m free-style relay for men and women which once again pushes the swimming pool to the top of the day’s card, though the badminton semi-finals in the team events at the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium come a close second. Boxing fans can look forward to the start of the elimination bouts with an interesting morning at the Harbaksh Stadium with the gold medal for the tent-pegging event.Athletics: Another six finals on this day with the long jump (1.00 p.m.) and 400 m for men (2.00 p.m.) and the 400 m hurdles (1.30 p.m.) shot put (1.45 p.m.) 3,000 m (3.00 p.m.), and 100 m for women (2.45 p.m.). The glamour event will be the 100 m for women (2.45 p.m.) an event that has featured such outstanding athletes as Chi Cheng of Taiwan and Esther Rot of Israel, joint holders of the record. Both, however, are no longer in active competition and the field is wide open with the near-certainty of a new Asian Games record.November 28: The Ambedkar Stadium will be in the limelight wilt the start of the wrestling bouts. Other items of interest are the start and finish of the 185 km cycling road race, the handball semi-finals and the quarter-finals of the tennis events. Athletics: The star turn on the athletics field will be the 100 m for men (2.30 p.m.) and the title of the fastest man in Asia. Three other finals in the hammer throw (11.30 a.m.) and 400 m hurdles for men (1.30 p.m.) and the women’s long jump (1.00 p.m.).November 29: Being a rest day for the athletics events, the real action will be at the swimming pool with six finals, including the 100 m free-style (men and women) and the springboard diving finals. Tennis and hockey (men) at the semi-final stage.Athletics: Rest day for the track and field events.November 30: A good day to stay on at the main athletics stadium, though there will be plenty of action at the tennis stadium with the doubles finals and men’s singles semi-finals; the finals of the handball at the Delhi University Grounds and the semi-finals of the football tournament. A good day at Pragati Maidan where the boxing semi-finals in the lighter weight categories will be on.Athletics: A chance to see the star of the Nehru Stadium in action in the triple jump finals (1,00 p.m.). Zou Zhenxian of China, who has broken the Asian record thrice, will be going for a new record and he is one of the few world-class athletes who will be in action. Other finals are the javelin throw for women (1.00 p.m.) and the 100 m hurdles (2.00 p.m.) and 400 m for women (3.15 p.m.).December 1: If the hockey matches go according to predictions, it should be the clash of the giants at the National Stadium between traditional rivals India and Pakistan in the men’s finals at 3 p.m., always a nail-biting and emotion-charged event. Tennis finals will clash with the hockey finals but the most sweat will be expended at the wrestling with the finals in the lower weight categories and the boxing finals in the heavier weight categories.Athletics: Two exciting finals in the 200 m for men (2.15 p.m.) and women (2.00 p.m.) with once again the likelihood of a new Asian record. Also, finals in the 50 km walk (11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.) and high jump for men (1.00 p.m.). The man to watch will be the Chinese high jumper Zhu Jianhua, the Asian record holder (2.30 p.m.).December 2: Being the last day of the athletics events, the gold rush will be at the main stadium with 24 medals to be decided. Five more golds are reserved for the wrestling finals in the heavier weight categories which start at 1.30 p.m., while the badminton semi-finals should separate the men from the boys.Athletics: By far the most exciting day for athletics with no less than eight finals, all star events. The men’s 4 x 400 m relay (3.30 p.m.) leads the field followed closely by the marathon (1.30 p.m. to 3.40 p.m.), discus (1.15 p.m.), 1,500m (2.00 p.m.) and 5,000 m for men (3.00 p.m.) while the women will battle it out in the high jump (1.00 p.m.) 4 x 400 m relay (2.20 p.m.) and the 1,500 m (2.45 p.m.) with Indian women expected to do well in the last two.December 3: No less than 12 gold medals going in the boxing finals means that much of the focus will be on the ring (4 p.m. onwards) but aficionados can also catch the football finals at 7 p.m. in the main stadium or the badminton finals in the morning session.The wheel has come full circle. New Delhi, which hosted the first-ever Asian Games way back in 1951, now once again has that distinction after a gap of 31 years.The circumstances, and the environment, however, are vastly different. In the 1951 Asiad, there were a total of 12 countries (Afghanistan, Burma, Ceylon – now Sri Lanka – The Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Iran, Japan, Nepal and India) participating in just six events.The entire Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies, lasted a mere seven days and were held in one stadium with 489 competitors and an estimated 35,000 spectators. The IX Asiad will have 5,500 competitors from 33 Asian countries competing in 22 events in a total of 17 separate stadia spread over 16 days. The capacity of just one stadium, the main athletics stadium, is 75,000 It is, however, not just sporting horizons that have expanded. In 1951, New Delhi was a sleepy little town of less than a million people, mostly government employees enjoying the first taste of freedom from British rule. Today, it is a sprawling metropolis of 6.2 million people and one of the most important capitals on the international political map. Because of its belated start, Asiad ’82 has been a frenetic race against time.Though New Delhi was allotted the Games in 1976, at the end of the Montreal Olympics, political upheavals in the country meant that the actual work on the massive project only started in earnest towards the end of 1980. Since then, the city has resembled a giant excavating site as the rush to beat the deadline has accelerated into high gear.It has, by any standards, been a stupendous effort. In just under two years, Indian engineers, architects and workers have constructed five brand-new state-of-the-art stadia comparable to the best anywhere in the world, undertaken a major renovation of 12 existing stadia, erected a virtual township which will serve-as the Asian Games village for the athletes, apart from the parallel work on building new flyovers to cater to traffic during the Games. The total estimated cost of the project, including flyovers, new hotels, etc, is in the region of Rs 800 crore (US $842 million).Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: The centre-piece of Asiad ’82 will be the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, named after India’s first prime minister and the inspiring force behind the Asian Games movement.The giant, two-tier stadium situated in the heart of the city will be the venue for Asiad’s glamour events: the opening and closing ceremonies, the athletics events and the semifinals and finals of the football competition. More popularly referred to as the Main Stadium, it has a capacity of 75,000 and covers a total area of 100 acres. The eight-lane athletic track has a synthetic surface girding the central oval where the football matches will take place.The lower tier, meant for officials, invitees and players, will seat 18,000 while the remaining 57,000 will be accommodated in the uppper tiers. Eight concrete ramps provide access to the stadium from the parking area. The stadium has been designed in accordance with international specifications with an eye on the 1992 Olympics which India is making a bid for.Two giant score-boards of the Matrix type connected to a central computer will flash continuous results of events, including those taking place at other stadia. The larger score-board, situated above the north stand, will also have the capability of flashing black and white pictures.Four steel towers containing a total of 1,000 two-kw floodlights illuminate the stadium for events taking place at night. A unique feature of the lighting towers is that they have been specially constructed at an angle because of aviation restriction from the nearby Safdarjung Airport. All the electronic timing equipment for the events has been supplied by Seiko of Japan.Other facilities at the Main Stadium include the sophisticated press centre, a mini hospital, international telephone lines, catering units and computerised archival information on previous Asian and Olympic Games.Indraprastha stadium: The Indraprastha Stadium or the Indoor Stadium is destined to be the piece de resistance of the Games. A futuristic design which looks like something out of Star Wars, the stadium was built in record time and is the third largest of its kind in the world.Situated in the middle of a 110-acre plot alongside the Yamuna river, the Indoor Stadium is the venue for badminton, gymnastics and volleyball.The stadium has a sound -proof, collapsible partition which enables two events to be held simultaneously. It is centrally air-conditioned and has a capacity of 25,000. The administration block alongside the stadium will have facilities like a conference hall, banks, post office and special counters for changing foreign exchange.The cycle velodrome: Designed according to international standards, the velodrome is also a newly-constructed structure which is situated adjacent to the Indoor Stadium. It has a permanent track 7.2 metres wide and 333.33 metres long and can seat 2,000 with additional seating for the press and officials.National stadium: The site of the 1951 Asian Games, the National Stadium, in the central part of the city, has been renovated and expanded to accommodate 25,000 spectators. The stadium will be the venue for the men’s hockey events and has been newly laid with synthetic astroturf.Tughlakabad shooting range: Easily the most picturesque of the Asiad venues, the newly-built shooting range is one of the most modern in the world. Located amid rolling dunes and forests in the south Delhi area, it has a capacity of 5,000 spectators and is equipped with the latest facilities for marksmen.Other stadia which have been renovated and expanded to conform to Asiad standards are the Shivaji Stadium near Connaught Place, the city centre, venue for the women’s hockey events (capacity: 10,000) the Harbaksh Stadium, where the equestrian events will take place (capacity: 5,000); Pragati Maidan for boxing and table tennis (capacity: 4,000); the Delhi Golf Club (capacity: 5,000); the Delhi University Grounds where the archery and handball events will take place and the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, near the swimming complex, where the basketball events will be held.Swimming stadium: Located to the rear of the presidential estate, or Rashtrapati Bhavan, the swimming complex has perhaps been the most problem-prone of the stadia built for Asiad. Originally intended to be a covered area, structural problems finally led to the roof being abandoned.It has now been built as an open-air complex though the pool will be temperature-controlled to conform to specifications. The pool itself meets all Olympic requirements and has a spectator capacity of 6,000.Tennis complex: Situated in the Hauz Khas area of south Delhi, the tennis complex was one of the first to be completed and handed over to the Asiad organisers. Two new central courts have been built to add to the nine existing ones. Spectator capacity is 1,400 and is equipped with modern scoring equipment and facilities for players.Model town stadium: Perhaps the furthest away from the centre of the city of all the stadia, the Model Town Stadium is where the preliminary football matches will be held.The stadium has a seating capacity of 11,000 and was built in the early ’70s. Some football matches will also be held at the Ambedkar Stadium which is the venue for the wrestling events.Ticket prices: Though a majority of the tickets for the various Asiad events have been sold out in advance, daily tickets, based on availability, will be sold at prices ranging from Rs 3 to Rs 50 except for the opening and closing ceremonies which will cost between Rs 10 and Rs 100. No season tickets are being sold. The tickets available will be sold at booths in the individual stadium. However, there are bound to be scalpers at the more popular centres who will be selling tickets at black market rates.The village: Located in south Delhi in the Siri Fort area, the village will be an exclusive self-contained township which will accommodate around 5,000 athletes and officials. The Asiad Centre, at the village complex, will also be the venue for the weight-lifting events. Spread over an area of 1,32,000 sq m, it has fully furnished houses of 11 different categories providing a total of 2,479 bedrooms.Facilities include the reception centre where all athletes will register; shopping arcades, banks, post offices, restaurants, a discotheque, a 25,000-capacity auditorium where daily entertainment has been organised (see box), a medical centre, bars and extensive practice areas for the participants. Since Delhi is not conveniently located for the yachting and rowing events, these will be held in Bombay, on the west coast, and Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan respectively.Demonstration SportsSepak Takraw: Every Asiad invariably fiatures one or two demonstration games which are not part of the official Asiad schedule. Ironically enough, the two demonstration games scheduled for the IX Asiad are the same that were featured during the 1951 Asiad in New Delhi – sepak takraw and kabaddi.Sepak takraw is the Malaysian national game, though it has now become popular in a number of Asian countries, particularly in South-east Asia. Sepak means ‘kick’ and takraw is Malaysian for ‘ball’, so the name is selfexplanatory. The ball is made of plaited rattan and is hollow and weighs only around 5 ounces. it is 4.5 inches in diameter.The game is usually played on a badminton court and each side fields three players. It is very much like badminton except that the dividing net is lower and the players are not permitted to use their hands or arms to get the ball over the net. Most players use their feet or head the ball. The scoring is similar to badminton. However, the position of each player is clearly demarcated on the court with two semi-circles on either side of the centre line and a centre circle eight feet from the base line occupied by the server.Kabaddi: Basically an outdoor game of Indian origin,’ kabaddi is inexpensive and requires no equipment, hence its popularity in the villages and smaller towns. It is played widely in India and Pakistan and also in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia, where it is known by different names.The game is played on a smail demarcated plot with a central dividing line. Each team has 12 players. Seven are allowed on court during the game and five are reserves. Each team lines up on both sides of the dividing lines and one team sends in a “raider” into the opposing court. The key to the game is stamina and lung power since the “raider” is required to touch as many players as he can while repeating “kabaddikabaddi” aloud in one breath. If he touches an opposing player and recrosses the line to his own side, the opponent he has touched has to leave the court and sit in the waiting area. If, however, he is grabbed by the opposing team and prevented from crossing back before he runs out of breath, the opposing team can bring one of their side-lined players back into the game.Each side takes alternate turns at sending in their raiders. The game lasts 20 minutes in each half and the side that scores the maximum number of “kills” is declared the winner.Cultural EventsConsidering India’s vast and varied cultural heritage, it is hardly surprising that the athleticsevents on displav at Asiad ’82 will be rivalled by the cultural smorgasbord laid out for the benefit of visitors and participants. The cultural feast, in fact, kicked off before the actual Games to coincide with the Indian International Trade Fair 1982 which opened on November.Around 10,000 delegates from over 20 Asian countries will present ballets, folk-dances, films, fashion shows and music concerts among other offerings at Pragati Maidan which will extend till the end of the Games. Admission to a majority of the shows will be free and the timings (4.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) are staggered so that visitors can take in a variety of programmes.The table below gives the cultural events schedule.Cultural shows-foreign delegationsHamsadhwani……………………….November 19 to 30Indian musical eveningsHamasdhwani……………………….November 1 to December 4Indian filmsShakuntalam……………………….November 1 to December 4Music concerts by eminent Indian artistesShakuntalam……………………….November 1 to December 4Dance and music performances by Indian artistesFaluknuma…………………………November 1 to December 4Fashion shows-textiles, Jewellery, leather and sportswearShringar………………………….November 1 to December4Folk artistes- puppet shows, dances, magic showsSaranga & Kadambari………………..November 1 to December 4Ghazals, karate and jazzYouth Corner………………………November 1 to December 4Regional programmesPragati Rangmanch………………….November 1 to 19Cultural shows by childrenPragati rangmanch………………….November 20 to December 4The programmes at Pragati Maidan will, however, be only one star in the cultural constellation planned for the Games. Hardly a stone’s throw away from there is the illustrious National School of Drama (NSD), the country’s premier theatre institution. The NSD will stage a festival of plays from November 18 December 5 at the theatre complex situated near the NSD campus.Three plays have been selected for the festival and they differ widely in both theme and period. Tughlaq is perhaps the best-known of the three. Directed by E. Alkazi, a former director of NSD, it is story of an ill-facted fourteenth century emperoor. Majabhoj is a satire on contemporary politics.Jasma Odan is a adaption of a folk play from Gujarat state which combines history with myth. Both Tughlaq and Jasma Odan were enacted at the Festival of India in London. the plays will be held each evening at 6.30.Jasma Odan-HindiShri Ram Centre………………………November 18 to 20Mahabhoj-HindiMeghdoot Open Air Theratre………………………November 22 to 27Tughlaq-UrduKmani Auditorium………………………November 29 to December 3 Jasma Odan-HindiKmani Auditorium………………………December 4 and 5In addition, private theatre groups based in Delhi will be staging popular Indian plays during the Games. Dates and venues for these will be announced in the entertainment columns of daily newspapers. Among the plays proposed to be staged is Habib Tanvir’s legendary Charan Das Chor and Mitti ki Gaddi and Vinod Verma’s Butt.Meanwhile, the centrally-located National Museum is setting up an exhibition called “Sports Through The Ages” which dates back to 5000 B.C. and will coincide with the datis of the Games.Exhibits will include ancient equivalents of modernday chess played with maize, dice and quaint stones; sculptures depicting shooting and chariot races and some extremely rare paintitlgs of archery and wrestling (600 B.C. to 200 B. c.) and an exquisite collection of medieval weapons and ammunition (10 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).But by far the most exhaustive cultural panorama is the one being orchestrated by the government-owned India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). ITDC’S programmes are aimed at presenting India’s many-faceted cultural face through folk and classical dances and multi-media projections.ITDC Repertory-“India Through Dance and Music”Uday Shankor Theatre ………………….October 11 to March 1983(Ashok Hotel)Yamini Krishnamurthy-Bharat NatayamKamani Auditorium …………………………………… November 22Uma Sharma-KarhakKamani Auditorium …………………………………… November 23International Centre for Kathakali-KathakaliKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 24Triveni Kala Sangam-MnipuriKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 25Raja and Radha Reddy-KuchipudiKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 26Sanyukta Panigrahi-OdissiKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 27ITDC Repertory-“Discover Folk India”Kanishka Hotel…………………………………..November 20 to December 4Ananda Shnkar-“Discover India”Ashok Hotel…………………………………..November 22ITDC- Brides and Apparels of IndiaAshok Hotel…………………………………..December 4It is, however, the real stars of Asiad ’82, the athletes, who will have the benefit of the most varied cultural entertainment during the Games. The cultural shows will take place in the newly-built ,auditorium inside the Games Village complex which has a 2.500 seating capacity. The Games Village is exclusively for the athletes and is not open to the public.