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Indo-German Urban Mela Chennai
Indo-German Urban Mela gets a spectacular welcome at the opening weekend in Chennai

The dignitaries at the Opening Ceremony of the Indo-German Urban Mela. Dr. Stefan Weckbach, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai addresses the audience at the opening of the Indo-German Urban Mela Chennai. Cord Meier-Klodt, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy, lights the ceremonial lamp during the opening of the Indo-German Urban Mela Chennai. The melodious trio of percussionists Sivamani, Christoph Haberer and flutist Michael Heupel come together to offer a musical treat. A giant helium balloon invites visitors to the Urban Mela in Chennai. © Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities (Photo: Pixcub, Jayakumar)


The YMCA College of Physical Education, Nandanam this weekend was abuzz with Chennaiites from all across the city flocking the venue for the opening weekend of the much-awaited Indo-German Urban Mela. With its opening on August 24th, 2012, the Urban Mela has seen over 22,000 visitors already.
The Indo-German Urban Mela was inaugurated by Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy; Dr. Stefan Weckbach, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai; Mr. V K Viswanathan, Managing Director, Bosch Limited and President Bosch Group India; Mr. Karl Pechatscheck, Director, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai; and Mr. R Sweety Prem Kumar, Correspondent and Secretary, YMCA College of Physical Education.

This was followed by grand opening concert by world-renowned Chennai-born percussionist A. Sivamani in collaboration with German percussionist Christoph Haberer and flutist Michael Heupel.

The following day dawned with Bavarian Folk Dance workshop with Andrea Dömötör teaching audiences to dance to the rhythm of the joyous Bavarian brass music. Children were seen enjoying storytelling sessions with writer and painter, Marie-Thérèse Schins and Praba Ram and also the fun-filled ‘Storygami’ - the art of combining paper folding (origami) with storytelling session and Waste Matters workshop. Guests also got to experience The Magician's Code - an enigmatic all-German recital by the well-known Chennai pianist Anil Srinivasan. For rock music lovers, the first of the four part series Mela Rocks series kicked off with three Chennai-based bands, Witchouse, Ghostnote and Tails on Fire.

Sunday also saw kids take part in talks and workshops like “Captain Planet” – a talked aimed at inspiring children, the future conservationists and “Adventures from Chennai to Berlin With Love” - A theatrical creative movement session involving kids to create their own interpretation as tourists visiting Germany. The evening rocked with the second part of the Mela Rocks with 83 MPH, Distortion, and Ujjaini and Friends.

Families from all across the city were spotted enjoying the delicacies served at the Cafe Mela, managed by Vivanta by Taj Connemara. Children were walking around with balloons and mingling with Shiven - the Clown and Eumel - the two-meter high puppet.

The BASF pavilion saw a huge number of kids excitedly waiting to perform experiments with water.

With a wide range of activities like concerts, shows, exhibitions, creative workshops, dance performances and much more, there is something for everyone every day at the Indo-German Urban Mela.

The Indo-German Urban Mela is open to public till Sunday, September 2nd, 2012. A free entry to the Mela promises visitors a taste and feel of Germany that must be experienced by every Chennaiite.

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