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Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Urban Mela Bangalore

Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle; Karnataka's former CM Sadananda Gowda; Clas Neumann, Representative APA Clas Neumann, Representative APA; Karnataka's former CM Sadananda Gowda; Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle

The Indo-German Urban Mela got off to a successful start in Bangalore on June 22nd at the grounds next to Bangalore Palace. The 10-day Mela that promised some exciting fare for Bangaloreans, was inaugurated by Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Foreign Minister, Germany, the then Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, along with Mr. Clas Neumann, Representative Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) and Senior Vice President & Global Head SAP Labs.

Speaking on the occasion, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, said, “I am very happy to note that the Indo-German Urban Mela is being held in Bangalore. We are very honoured to host this event. My best wishes for the Indo-German Urban Mela to be successful in showcasing what the two countries stand for”.

Sharing his delight over 60 years of diplomatic relationship, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Foreign Minister, Germany expressed his personal gratitude to the people of Bangalore for their hospitality. He said, “The Indo-German Urban Mela is an important event and is the centrepiece of the year of Germany in India. Fifty thousand people in Karnataka are currently employed in German companies. Going forward, there will be further thrust on trade and new investments in the state. I am confident that Urban Mela will serve as an inspiration in this direction. We are looking forward to a long period of mutual co-operation between India and Germany.”

Partner organisations and institutions of the project such as Bajaj Allianz, BASF, Bosch, Deutsche Bank, Siemens, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, among others, displayed interactive solutions related to the thematic focus of the exposition. Joining the Mela in Bangalore were also the organisations such as Metro, Airbus and Volkswagen.

Visitors could feast on German delicacies and drinks at the Beergarden — a replica of the German Biergarten, which is an important social space for friends and family to interact. The Beergarden was managed by hospitality partner Vivanta by Taj.

Apart from gastronomic treats, there were a host of other activities for visitors to explore during the 10-day festival. 

Following Bangalore, the Indo-German Urban Mela travels to three of India’s major metropolises – Chennai, Delhi and Pune.