New Delhi – India Pavilion is among the most visited pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. On November 3, the footfall at the India pavilion crossed two lakh visitors since its inauguration on October 1.
The month of October at the India Pavilion witnessed an array of cultural activities during Dusshera and Navratri celebrations. These included folk dances, storytelling, and music for countless visitors and dignitaries. The ongoing Diwali celebrations at India Pavilion comprise colourful installations, lighting in the form of Swarangoli or LED-Rangoli, virtual display of firecrackers and performances by leading artists such as Salim-Sulaiman, Dhruv and Rooh bands from India and Dubai.
A massive four-floor pavilion is a mix of Ayurveda, Yoga and Indian space programme showcasing the march of India to its goal of becoming a $5 trillion economies.
Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commissioner General for India at Expo 2020 Dubai said, “The October month was a huge success for the India Pavilion. We saw a strong visitor turnout and expect this momentum to continue in the coming months. The popularity of India’s festivals, food, and cultural performances, has been crucial aspects in attracting visitors from across the globe”.
The Pavilion started with the Climate and Biodiversity Week from October 3-9. Besides sector-specific weeks, the India Pavilion also hosted specific weeks for Gujarat, Karnataka and the Union Territory of Ladakh. The state of Gujarat organized events at the India Pavilion where Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister, Gujarat virtually showcased the state’s vibrant Pharma sector along with its plan for sustainable development.
A series of events showcasing opportunities in Ladakh across focus sectors like sustainable infrastructure, connectivity, food processing, and tourism were discussed during the Ladakh Week at India Pavilion.
The Space sector sessions were addressed by Dr K Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary Department of Space, and Dr Pawan Goenka, Chairman, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) along with Umamaheshwaran R, Scientific Secretary, ISRO.