The Indo-German Urban Mela, which started its epic journey in Mumbai early this year and then toured Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi, got off to a successful start in the Peshwa City on January 11th. It is open for public until Sunday, January 20th, 2013 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Deccan College Ground, Yerawada.
This 10-day fest which promises some exciting fare for Punekars, 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.
With its launch on Friday January 11th 2013, the Urban Mela has seen approximately 66,000 visitors already.
The Urban Mela examines the impact of rapid urbanisation through cultural and scientific events, talks and expositions. A total of 12 gem shaped pavilions designed by German artist Markus Heinsdorff set up at the venue are centered on the theme of 'StadtRaume' or 'city spaces' and are holding presentations and conferences hosted by different German and Indian corporations and organisations.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhakar Deshmukh, Divisional Commissioner Pune said, "Research has shown that by 2022, we will need more than 5000 cities in India to accommodate its citizens. This is possible only through sustainable innovation. Pune, a home to more than 300 German companies has an edge over others to learn more about the technology and innovation from its German counterparts. I therefore believe that our city is an opportune finale stopover for this Indo-German Urban Mela and I wish it all the success."Special Guest and Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu said, "Witnessing this whole initiative, this Mela, has been a fabulous experience for me. Looking at Pune, one of the youngest cities with an energetic youth power can help take our country places. I am glad to see India and Germany coming together for various innovative collaborations for a better tomorrow and more importantly, for a better earth.”
One can look foward to attend art, music and dance workshops, enjoy cultural concerts, dance and theatre performances and explore the multi-purpose pavilions that represent a unique blend of technology, science, culture and entertainment. Visitors can also feast on traditional German and Indian food at the Beergarden.
From Bosch’s safety systems that can help avoid road accidents to a kids’ lab by BASF showcasing experiments to purify water at home using natural ingredients, the pavilions are catering to interests of all age groups. At the Deutsche Bank pavilion one can see the prototype of a solar plane, which weighs a little more than a medium-sized car and is equipped with about 12,000 solar cells. Also, the visitors can try Siemens’ digital planning game; it’s a race against the clock to see how long you can keep your city going or put your driving skills to test with the Bajaj Allianz’s car simulator.
After an amazing, entertaining evening at the Indo-German Urban Mela Delhi, rock band Indian Ocean will be back in Pune for another rocking night on January 19th.
Other highlights at the Indo-German Urban Mela Pune include hiphop dance workshop, electrifying compilations by Djane Ma Faiza and Djane Ipek, musical performances by Sarod player Amaan Ali Khan, noted flautist Ronu Majumdar, singer-composer Raghu Dixit and guitarist Sahej Bakshi. There will also be a medley of classic rock and pop by band Agnee, theatre performance by GRIPS from Germany, acting workshop by Vibhawari Deshpande, music workshop by Ricoloop and contemporary dance performance by Hrishikesh Pawar.
With free entry to the Urban Mela, there is something for one and all.