Karnataka is the theme and partner state of the Indian Pavilion this year. The Indian Pavilion showcases the ancient heritage sites of Karnataka in stunning detail – the magnificent Mysore Palace towers at the façade, images from the ruins of Hampi adorn the interiors of the pavilion and a section drawn from Hoysala architecture forms the backdrop of the cultural stage.
Welcoming the team of ministers and the delegation from India to the Global Village Mr. Y.K. Sinha said, “We are very happy that since so many years the India Pavilion has kept it flag flying high for having the largest pavilion at the Global Village. The pavilion truly represents the composite culture the diverse rich and varied traditions of our great nation.”
He adds, “The organizers have put in a splendid effort to put up this pavilion; this is indeed a huge manifestation of the state in fact the largest ever manifestation of the state of Karnataka outside India. I thank the organizers and all those people who have put in their hard work to build this huge pavilion.”
Mr. J Srinivasan, the Rural Development Minster of Andhra Pradesh said,” I welcome the Indian Community and the friends of the Indian community to the inaugural function of the Indian Pavilion. While visiting the stalls at the pavilion the amount of interest I have seen in the artisans is really wonderful. Our presence at the Global Village could go a long way in depicting the cultural heritage of India and it will increase the impact on the Indian products to the visitors at the pavilion.”
“The amount of interest the Indian Government is taking at this festival in the UAE truly indicates the strong relationship between India and the UAE. I congratulate the Government of Karnataka for taking the initiative this year”
At the inaugural function of the India Pavilion Mr. D. T. Jayakumar, Minister of Tourism of Karnataka said, “I thank the Indian Consulate and E4E the organizers for coming together and build up a huge manifestation of my home state in Dubai. The heritage of Hampi from Vijayanagar, which is now famous all over the World, is very creatively replicated with lots of detailing. We are also impressed with the architectural depiction of the Mysore palace which is also world famous and the backdrop of the stage, which is part of the Hoysala in Karnataka.”
The inaugural function started with a tradition Kannada song which is a message for all Kannadigas overseas ‘Light the lamp of Karnataka’, followed by children performance on Vande Martaram, troupe form Chandigard and Mudra group from Pune performed Mohabetian which was a fusion of tradition and contemporary dance and a troupe from Punjab performed Bhangara. We also had a group echo performing classical dance on Kucchipudi Puja and the function culminated with singer Bittu Bajwa who got the audience dance to the tune of Dhaler‘s ‘Bholo tara rara’ and his own compositions.
The Indian Pavilion has traditionally been the largest pavilion at every Global Village event. This year, the numbers of stalls have been increased from 209 stalls last year to over 300 stalls. Shoppers have a greater variety of merchandise to choose from as 80 % of new companies have come in from India for the first time to participate at the Indian Pavilion at Global Village 2005.
In Jewelry we have industry’s best Atlas and Alukkas, Café coffee day with the first coffee shop inside the Indian Pavilion, Organic Kerela Food, Liberty shoes, Household products, Aroma Therapy and herbal products, Karnataka handloom, metal and woodwork and more.
For those looking for traditional handicrafts and artifacts, a separate enclosure has been created where artists will display and host skills and objects as diverse mehendi (henna), live demos of pottery and carvings, miniature paintings, making of lakh bangles, and lots more.
Sponsors for the Indian Pavilion include; Main sponsors- Tiffany, Official airlines- Indian Airlines, Sound & light- Sonia Electronics, Ground transport- Avis Rent-A-Car and Al Ahmediah Contracting.
Said Mr. Sunil Bhatia, CEO E4Entertainment, “We are happy that we are biggest Pavilion at Global Village and the response since this is only the fourth day is still tremendous. We are happy to get the support of the Karanataka government and we hope the other states will also come for the future Pavilions.
He adds, “I’m sure people who come to Global Village religiously every year will be baffled with the size of the India Pavilion and will require more than a day to move around every stall here. We have a variety of products and services on offer at the Pavilion. Our Karigars will also showcase their art inside the Pavilion so that people will know how much effort goes into the making of each product, which is unique. We invite each and every individual in the UAE, in India and the across the globe to visit the India Pavilion and have a great time here.”
He adds, “The weekends are filled with cultural specials, something new will happen every weekend and we assure all visitors that they will definitely go back with fond memories and gifts specially after this years Global Village”.
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