After a roaring success in Mumbai, the Indo-German Urban Mela Bangalore, held at Grounds next to the Bangalore Palace from June 22nd-July 1st, pulled in more than a huge crowd during its next stopover. Visitors from all around Bangalore showed up in large numbers, exploring inventive ideas and solutions for creating better cities, relished savoury delights at the Beergarden and let their hair down with a colorful selection of programs and cultural activities to indulge thinkers and fun-lovers alike.
Over the 10 days that the Urban Mela was set-up in the city, one of the engaging activities was an exciting and far reaching program, "The Urban Mela Youth University" - a series of lectures and talks - with the motto "Discover science and economy". Read on for a selection of everything exciting that was witnessed by Bangaloreans at the grounds next to the Bangalore Palace.
The Flash Mob
German and Indian visitors couldn't help but join in the impromptu mob of dancers jiving to everything from Bhangra to Mader. The festive spirit took unsuspecting Bangaloreans by a pleasant surprise.
The Dream:In Tree
A major hit with the visitors, the Dream:In Tree at the Deutsche Bank Pavilion gave the Bangaloreans a chance to share their dreams and plans for the city.
A kitschy, contemporary performance choreographed by Samir Akika in collaboration with Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, brought together dancers from Bangalore in a crowd-pleasing, catchy spectacle, and ran to a packed centrestage each time.
B-Boying Workshop with Storm
One of the pioneers of hip-hop, German hip hop dancer/choreographer Niels 'Storm' Robitzky conducted a 5-day workshop for young b-boys from Bangalore that peaked in a Breakdance Battle. This wasn't just a competition, but an electric crowd puller, a clear indication of how much the hip hop movement has caught up with Indian audiences.
Metal heads couldn't get enough of whacky hardcore sounds from Bangalore's very own Kryptos coming together with SudiAkrA, the lead vocalist from Germany's Arkadius.
Internationally recognized Slam Poet, Lars Ruppel from Germany presented 'Poetry Slam' as an art form to audiences at the Urban Mela. He conducted workshops with school and college students both in German and English. The workshop was followed by his performance and the final slam.
The Indo-German Urban Mela featured theatre performances by up-and-coming young artists in the city enacted the stories that attempt to explore the theme of the Urban Mela - Dream Cities.
Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan language teachers got together to give visitors quick and basic lessons in the German language.
The Beergarden offered the visitors a range of German and Indian delicacies to choose from. The pretzels and curry sausages were a huge hit with foodies.
Visitors also got a chance to attend art workshops by Gaurav Juyal, marvel at the bamboo installations by Steffi Silbermann, amusing acts by the clowns Giggles and Jockel, meet and greet stilt walkers and enjoy MattoIremit's music.
All of the action was celebrated at the Grand Finale on the last evening, with the Mela parting with Bangalore, only to gear up for the next leg of the five city tour - Chennai!