Royal Challengers Bangalore's newly-appointed captain Virat Kohli leading other skippers to the gigantic stage set up for the opening ceremony.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accompanied by BCCI president N Srinivasan and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla.
An air balloon with the IPL logo was lifted atop the stage, with huge placards showing the logos of all nine teams attached to it.
Bollywood superstar and co-owner of the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan, was the show-stopper of the opening night.
Actor Katrina Kaif also danced to famous Bollywood numbers to set the tone on a glitzy evening in 'The City of Joy'.
Bollywood heartthrob Deepika Pudukone, who has also been associated with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, was also one of the star attractions.
The organisers saved the best for the last with American rap artist Pitbull getting a huge welcome from the Kolkata crowd.
Among the guests at the ceremony were Kolkata and Bollywood's iconic singers/musicians Bappi Lahiri and Usha Uthup, who also enthralled the crowd by singing some of their evergreen disco numbers.
IPL captains from the nine franchises stand on the stage, with the trophy that they will be playing for shining in the middle.