I heard of Urban Mela a month ago. I am a weekly visitor at Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Library, Bangalore. They said that the mela will be the biggest festival of the year! Big time they were promoting the Urban Mela in the city!  The idea is to build and connect Indo-German culture, international relations, society, public life, with the touch of technology, science, arts and planning!

The gemstone shaped pavilions that from the Indo-German Mela were conceptualized by German installation artist, Markus Heinsdorff. Since knowing about the event, I was waiting for the day to come!

Urban Mela, Photographed by Vikram Roy © Copyright 23 June 2012

As usual I see nothing special in the Mela! I had a plan to differentiation the Indo-German Mela with other similar types of attractions. As a fellow art and literature scholar I am not much about science! I love science as a part of development and human progress. Industrial science for business monopoly is not my daily bread to digest. I was shocked to see Bosch, wasting wooden boards to promote ‘Do-It-Yourself’ for Bosch Power Tools!

The notable stalls are related to future sustainability, fuel solutions, and to increase the use of solar energy to build Eco friendly city are interesting! One of them is Deutsche Bank, highlights the $300 house project, and ‘Dream: IN Tree’. Siemens, is demonstrating “turn grey cities green”.

Technology and Urban Mela, Photographed by Vikram Roy © Copyright 23 June 2012

Goethe Lounge organizes German culture with a diverse programme of events and workshops for children and adults. As well, they are programming language classes, movies at night, quiz, competitions, arts and crafts workshops!

Culture and Urban Mela, Photographed by Vikram Roy © Copyright 23 June 2012

I was fallen in love with two beautiful tall walking ghosts, Barbara Pfundt and Nina Scholz. They are the part of attraction to the children and I see the amateur photographers get a free chance to develop their shutter speed and fixing the lens! I see the clown Josef Bogenfuerst, better known as Jockel the clown was ordering snacks at Beergarden. Pixie’s are dancing at the Grimm’s world of fantasy!

Overall experience at the mela was good! Me and my friends enjoyed some hearty German Pretzel burgers, Coke and traditional French Fries. Urban Mela will run for June 22 to July 1, 2012. There are many attractions every evening at the Centre Stage and at the Cultural Pavilion.

Check the link to experience the Urban Mela www.germany-and-india.com.

With love and big big hugs!

Vikram

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9 responses »

  1. willowdot21 says:

    great article and great photos

  2. I’m dying to know – what’s a German Pretzel burger?

  3. Indo-German culture. Few are so far apart in music, art, religion, food, clothing and other things. Must be very enlightening for all.

  4. granbee says:

    NOW I understand why my daughter came away from living in Bangalore and participating in art photography events there with such strong connections between German and Indian cultural forms! Bless you for the fine education in this connection you provided here, dear Vikram!

  5. nice to know that both countries are co-operating for the event and strengthen the relationship

  6. Namaste to you Vikram Roy
    …. we applaud your blog & mystery! woof woof from Maggie too 🙂

  7. This mela was held in Mumbai too Vikram. I agree there wasn’t anything spectacular. Sustainability is the need of the day the world over though. I agree with you — it certainly could have been made much more interesting and impressive. More thought and efforts should have gone into it for it certainly had the potential to bring the two countries more close. Germany and India do have strong connections and these can be explored immensely. My daughter has just returned after having spent 11 months in Berlin and loves the country.

  8. narhvalur says:

    Must have been really an enlightening meeting, interesting….

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