India's pavilion at Expo 2020 will be ready by end of July. The $70million pavilion will be completed and ready for handover to event organizers towards end of July.
The four-storey pavilion will blend history and art with technology and business using various exhibitions and displays from various states during the six-month Expo.
A giant spinning wheel or ‘charkha’ will welcome visitors at the entrance, as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
The ‘Charkha’ signifies the call to Indians by the non-violence leader to weave their own cloth rather than depending on foreign goods during India’s struggle for independence against the British colonial rule.
A representative of the Indian consulate in Dubai mentioned that the Indian pavilion will be ready for handover to the Expo 2020 team towards end of July 2021.
“The project management team working on the India pavilion are optimistic of physical completion of the pavilion by end of April 2021 and then curation and exhibition related work will be done,” he said.
The $70m pavilion occupies a 1.2-acre plot and is one of the largest at the Expo site. Unlike the other buildings that needs to be dismantled after the Expo ends in March 2021, the India pavilion is one of the three that will remain as part of the legacy of the world’s fair.
The constantly changing façade will bear a mosaic of earthy-coloured panels on one part, and the design elements reflect the vibrant diversity of India’s rich culture and heritage and the thriving business milieu.
“It will be a highly dynamic pavilion where the showcasing changes every one or two weeks in sync with the changing themes of the Expo and with each new state coming in.”
Visitors get to participate in festivals such as Diwali and Holi. The ground floor will be based on India’s mission to Mars, after which, visitors can walk down a green path full of medicinal herbs and enter the yoga and wellness section.
The next three levels will focus on the Indian heritage, the best tourism destinations in the country and sections centred on established and emerging businesses.
As the visitors leave, they will have the opportunity to ask questions related to Mahatma Gandhi through interactive holographic images.
Plans are on to invite celebrity chefs, scientists, authors, and Bollywood actors the pavilion.
Expo2020 will serve as an opportunity for Indian businesses, serving as global platform to tap the region’s markets. The Expo will also give India the opportunity to showcase the diverse Indian culture and encourage nationals to discover various parts of India.