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!
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”.
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!
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!