Event: Indo German Urban Mela 13th – 22nd April

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Mumbai Berlin graffiti by Aneesh Bhasin
Indo German Urban Mela, Cross Maidan, Mumbai
Indo German Urban Mela, Cross Maidan, Mumbai

Visited the Indo German Urban Mela which is currently on at Cross Maidan, Churchgate today. The 10 day event to mark the ‘Year of Germany in India’ began on 13th April and will continue till 22nd April. No ticket required for being a part of this festival since it’s open to all, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cross Maidan has been transformed into a modern day village with tent modules of different shapes ,  housing various informational and cultural activities like the Goethe Studio, Culture Pavilion, Greenfield and partner pavilions like LAPP India, BASF and more. The setup also has an open air stage for cultural performances; all designed by world renowned architect Markus Heinsdorff for the Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities collaborative 15 month celebration in the country.

Sunday saw the talented Schal Sick Brass Band from Germany host a music workshop for children in Mumbai. The children loved the band’s performance.  The band saved the best for last with their finale song, which made everyone sing along. Here’s a teaser of the song, think you can guess this one?

Here is the full version:

Mumbai Berlin photos by Aneesh Bhasin
Mumbai Berlin photos by Aneesh Bhasin

I also spotted the Mumbai based photographer, Aneesh Bhasin’s photographs drawing comparison between the streets of Mumbai and Berlin. Incredibly, the cities indeed look similar through these images of local trains, stations and street art.

Goethe Studio was the most interesting pavilion, which presented some famous German literary names and their books. What caught my eye were these amazing book covers like Correspondence by Friedrich Durrenmatt, Night Music: Essays on Music by Theodor W. Adorno and many more, which were works of art in themselves.

Visitor posing at the Indo German Urban Mela, Mumbai
Visitor posing at the Indo German Urban Mela, Mumbai

That’s not all; many more workshops are to be conducted on various topics like storytelling, graffiti; world through art for children and creating art with old spare parts at the Indo German Urban Mela all throughout the week. There will also be various performances every evening ranging from music and dance to storytelling and “giggles and jockel”.

The food court or Beer Garden as it is called, does offer some interesting names on the menu but the food was very average, in my opinion.

So if you are free, head south to Cross Maidan for your culture fix. And feel free to share your experience at the Indo German Urban Mela.

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.

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Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.
  • moviemaverick

    looks interesting !

  • roam

    nice !