Virat Kohli (left) and Anushka Sharma arrive at the Kolkata Airport ahead of the IPL 2015 opening ceremony. Photo Courtesy: @Fashion101.in (via Twitter)
Virat Kohli (left) and Anushka Sharma arrive at the Kolkata Airport ahead of the IPL 2015 opening ceremony. Photo Courtesy: @Fashion101.in (via Twitter)

The opening ceremony of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to take place at the Salt Lake Stadium or the Yuva Bharati Krirangan at Kolkata on Tuesday. The event is scheduled to start at 7.30 pm, with a host of Bollywood celebrities gracing the occasion.  Read: Bollywood to add glamour and glitter to make colourful opening ceremony

Bollywood stars Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Pritam and Hrithik Roshan are among the performers at the opening ceremony, which returns to Kolkata after two years; the opening ceremony of the 2013 edition was also held at the same venue. Earlier, the organisers of the ceremony as well as the West Bengal government entered into a dispute with the Indian Performing Right Society Ltd. (IPRS) due the non-payment of royalty over the usage of music for the event. The dispute was eventually settled between the two parties.  Read: Copyright to organisers for music for opening ceremony

The ceremony will be covered live on Sony Max and Sony Six. One can watch the live streaming of the event on HotStar in the event of one not having a television around. Fans in the UK can watch the ceremony live on Sky Sports (with the streaming on Sky Go). Fans in the USA on ESPN, with the streaming on ESPN cricket.

The opening game of the IPL is scheduled to take place between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 8. KKR will defend the title, which they won for the second time after defeating Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the final of the 2014 edition. READ: KKR vs MI IPL 2015 Match 1 Preview