Amidst 16 luminous pavilions set up against the picturesque backdrop of Humayun's Tomb, the much-awaited Indo-German Urban Mela Delhi opened for the public on October 27th at the Indraprastha "Millennium" Park. Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress, Sushmita Sen, along with the German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner and Governor of Delhi, Tejender Khanna were present on the occasion to mark the Opening.
Visitors got a chance to witness the exquisite multi-purpose pavilions that represent a unique blend of technology, science, culture and entertainment. This unique travelling exhibition started in Delhi on 27th October 2012, and is on until 4th November 2012 from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Extending a warm welcome to Delhi, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India, Michael Steiner highlighted that, "Germany is celebrating a series of cultural and scientific events under the project, "Germany and India 2011 – 2012: Infinite Opportunities" proving that there are infinite opportunities to be explored between both the countries and Indo-German Urban Mela the major highlight of this project will go a long way in strengthening the bonds and paving new ways."
Acknowledging his happiness on being a part of the project, Lt. Governor Tejinder Khanna said, "There really is a need for a sustainable future and it is a matter of extreme delight for us that starting today, for the next nine days, Germany will present its uniqueness, science, technology, education and culture to Delhi."
Welcoming the audience with her charismatic self, Sushmita Sen said, "I feel proud to be witnessing such an extraordinary event between the two nations. In the past we could have never imagined the showcase of such brilliant concepts by another country in India but with this kind of an initiative Germany has truly strengthened its ties with us. Germany was the first country in the world to excel the field of research and innovation and I am glad they are bringing us closer to their expertise. The designs of these pavilions are proof of such brilliance in architecture. I salute Markus Heinsdorff for weaving in his Indian inspiration while designing these spectacular gemstones, Bravo!"
A vibrant musical treat awaited the Dilliwallahs as Delhi audio-visual collective B.L.O.T! and Berlin based electronic act Jahcoozi performed together, combining fresh visuals and bass heavy sounds. Great scientific minds of the country also presented their topics at the Indo-German Grand Science Slam during the day.
Over the next nine days, Delhiites can explore Bosch’s safety systems that can help avoid road accidents, share your vision of the future with Deutsche Bank’s Dreamand enjoy cultural programmes with concerts, creative workshops, dance and theatre performances, and much more. The Beergarden will provide a delicious selection of traditional German and Indian cuisine.
In addition to these activities and programmes, there will also be guided tours by the installation artist Markus Heinsdorff and many other interactive games, presentations, workshops, conferences on music, art and education including programmes exclusively for children. After New Delhi, the Indo-German Urban Mela will travel to the finale of the tour in Pune.