In the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 semifinal, team India lost to England by 10 wickets and was eliminated from the competition. Although there won’t be an Indian team in the final, the final will still feature an Indian voice in front of the estimated 90,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
As Pakistan and England compete to win their second-ever T20 World championship, 13-year-old Indian-origin girl Janaki Easwar and the Australian rock band Icehouse will perform at the World Cup’s closing ceremony.
Who is Janaki Easwar?
Janaki shot to fame in 2021 after competing on Australia’s widely popular music reality show “The Voice” as the youngest-ever contestant. The parents of Janaki have lived in Australia for the past 15 years, but they are originally from Kozhikode in Kerala. She was born on February 7, 2009.
According to the popular culture publication Rolling Stone India, singer-songwriter Janaki Easwar has leaned on her Indian and Australian upbringing without any hesitation, from singing in raag Kamas on The Voice Australia to confidently capturing the essence of Billie Eilish with a cover of “Lovely.” After impressing judges like Keith Urban, Rita Ora, and Jessica Mauboy in 2021, she quickly rose to fame in Australia. However, in more recent years, she has focused on breaking into India with televised performances in Kerala.
Anoop Divakaran and Divya Raveendran, Janaki’s parents, are from Kozhikode, Kerala, and have spent the last 15 years residing in Australia. When Janaki was five years old, her parents first introduced her to Indian music, and she later began taking Carnatic singing lessons.
The festivities prior to the start of the game will honour each team that competed in the World Cup and will bring together artists who represent multicultural Australia, according to the Official ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 Website.
Before the cricket takes center stage, the celebrations, which will be broadcast to millions of people worldwide, will bring the iconic MCG to life with the help of musicians, dancers, and sounds from all over the world.