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A German extravaganza in Mumbai from April 13

mumbai Updated: Apr 11, 2012 01:14 IST
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At Cross Maidan, technicians are giving finishing touches to huge multi-coloured pavilions fashioned in the shape of gemstones.

Arranged on the ground to create a distinctive venue, the pavilions have been designed by renowned German artist, Markus Heinsdorff, as part of the Indo-German Urban Mela, starting Friday.

“The focus of my creations has been to work with urban spaces. This will be the first time that Indian fabric has been made a prominent feature in the construction of the pavilions,” said Heinsdorff.

“While India’s art and architectural history is rich in its use of colourful and precious stones, bringing it together to be a part of German architectural techniques was an intense process of research and selection,” he added.

The festival is being organised as part of the ‘Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’ programme, which was launched in India on September 2011 to celebrate 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations.

The ten-day festival will focus on issues such as energy, development, architecture, education and urban art using the medium of visual and performing arts. In addition to a host of interactive presentations and performances by German and Indian artists on the theme ‘City Spaces’, the food and beverage area will also serve traditional delicacies from the German kitchen.

“Indo-German Urban Mela is the highlight of the year of Germany in India and it is interesting that the tour is also about mobile architecture in a sense,” said Heinsdorff. He added that the pavilions would travel to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Pune over the next few months.

The mela will also include screenings of award-winning German films, a silent concert with headphones by Daniel Haaksman and comic acts by German clowns.