After having travelled across 4 cities last year, the Indo-German Urban Mela (IGUM) reached its final stopover Pune on January 11th and was open to public until January 20th, 2013 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Deccan College Ground, Yerawada.
This unique 10-day tour was officially inaugurated by Hans-Joachim Otto, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Prabhakar Deshmukh, Divisional Commissioner Pune, Michael Siebert, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai/Pune along with Bipasha Basu, Actress and Tapan Singhel, Representative Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) and Managing Director & CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance on January 12th at 7 PM.The Indo-German Urban Mela, a unique blend of technology, science, culture and entertainment, which was a part of the 60 years celebration of Indo-German diplomatic ties was a huge success in Pune with over 1,50,000 visitors visiting various corporate pavilions and enjoying several cultural events and workshops.
Visitors, including school and college students along with professionals, also explored inventive ideas and solutions for creating better cities, relished savoury delights at the Beergarden and let their hair down with a colorful selection of programmes and cultural activities to indulge thinkers and fun-lovers alike.
Read on for a selection of everything exciting that was witnessed by Punekars at the Deccan College Ground.
Midival Punditz: Tapan Raj and Gaurav Raina of the band enthralled the audiences as they performed at the Deccan College Ground.
Ma Faiza: The crowd enjoyed foot tapping beats as Ma Faiza took to the stage along with Bangalore-based violinist Manoj George.
Triple Trouble Trio: Their music is an ensmeble of instruments they play - a tuba, a beautifully played five-stringed banjo and drums. The music was supplemented by some incredibly soulful songs.
Amaan Ali Khan: The atmpsphere at the Deccan College Ground turned divine as the audience was engrossed listening to a variety of ragas played by Amaan Ali Khan.
Ronu Majumdar: One of India's top flautist carried away the crowd to an almost spiritual journey with the soulful tones from his bansuri.
Agnee: The rock band's music consisted of a medley of classic rock and pop with funk and jazz influences combined with the individual styles of the band members.
The Raghu Dixit Project: The people were wowed by Raghu Dixit's voice and versatility at the Deccan college Ground. The band played the blend of ethnic folk, Sufi and classical music.
Indian Ocean: Such is the fan-following of Indian Ocean that the Indo-German Urban Mela venue was overflowing with fans to experience the music of their favourite band.
DJ Ipek: DJ Ipek Ipekçioglu provided surprising breaks to the steady course of club music with her eclectic music and characteristic mixes as she performed at the Urban Mela.
Shaa'ir + Func: The band wowed the crowd at the Urban Mela with their performance which was high on energy, performance and costuming.
Dualist Inquiry: Sahej Bakshi as Dualist Inquiry charmed the audience with his music and looks as he busted out beats from behind his laptop and played the guitar as well.
STOP, REWIND, PLAY. REPEAT.
Looping act by Ricoloop: Musician Rico Diessner, also called as One-Man jam, produced live music and his journey from the streets of Berlin to the stage as he conducted a workshop cum demonstration at the Urban Mela.
ACT ONE, SCENE ONE.
Theatre Workshop: Pune bases theatrical-playwright Vibhawari Deshpande conducted four days of workshop that included modules to teach basic theatrical skills and was open for aspirants with limited or no theatrical experience at all.
GRIPS Theatre: The plays Project Aditi and Nayee Bahar took children's theatre out of the fantasy world of fairy tales into everyday reality. the plays addressed contemporary issues in society but with a light-hearted approach.
SHAKE A LEG
Professional dancer and choreographer Justine Bhatt taught Hip Hop moves to the young and old during the workshop. With her energetic and flexible dancing, she inspired youngsters to move to the rhythm.
IN BABY STEPS
Contemporary dance theatre workshop by dancer and choreographer Hrishikesh Pawar helped participants loosen up and become more aware of their bodies.
WRITING ON THE WALL
Participants got to work together on a graffiti wall and learn that there's more to graffiti than just a spray can.
Storytelling workshop: Jeeva Raghunath held a workshop titled "My Story, My Voice", which included hands-on exercises for storytelling tips and techniques, styles of storytelling, and also explored India through stories.
Masala Stories: Storyteller Jeeva Raghunath helped rediscover the magic in folklore, while she narrated a wide range of Indian and Asian folktales, European tales, family stories, true incidents and modern tales.
D Lane Project: Students from Pune's MITInstitute of Design took 15,000 photos of D Lane in city's Koregaon Park to study the impact of urbanisation and development and displayed the exhibition at the Urban Mela.
While more than 150 entries were received for "What's your German Connect?" - the contest, the photography contest that entailed clicking pictures of pavilions at the Mela with a human angle also got a super response.
And the winners were-
What's your German Connect? contest:
1st prize - Aishwarya Gokhale
2nd prize - Sucheta Deshpande
3rd prize - Mrunmayee Pratinidhi
As five-city contest, What's your German Connect? contest also came to an end with the announcement of National winner. The winner, Dr. Krishna Mysore Bhimasenarao, was selected through a luck draw. Dr. Krishna beat other 4 city winners from Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Pune to win a FREE TRIP TO BERLIN for 5 days and 4 nights!
Photography contest: Gabriella D'Cruz
To help keep Pune green and eco-friendly by encouraging public transport with visitors, free shuttles from Moze Parking, Sangamwadi, were provided by the organisers of the Indo-German Urban Mela. Vehicles, courtesy of Volkswagen, ferried visitors to the venue, keeping in line with the central belief of the year of Germany in India: sustainable cities for the future.