India’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has been unveiled, as the countdown continues to the grand opening of the global event.
The National was on hand for a tour of the five-storey structure, which is expected to be among the most popular attractions at the world fair.
India is celebrating its participation in the first expo to be held in the Middle East in style.
A spectacular light show was held in honour of the first viewing of the impressive pavilion on Wednesday evening.
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Colourful images of Indian dancers, musicians and top tourist haunts were beamed on the facade of the pavilion after sunset.
The vibrant production was the first of many visual stories to be shared every day during the event in homage to India’s 75 years as an independent nation.
The visuals were projected across the massive facade of the pavilion that is made up of 600 moving blocks.
The 15-minute show was not without glitches as the audio muted a few minutes after the preview began.
Organisers said this would ironed out in time for opening.
Architects designed the blocks in muted shades to serve as a backdrop for the dramatic show.
Each block is controlled by computers to enable the entire row, column or wall to rotate.
The pavilion is among a select few structures that will remain after the Expo ends in March next year.
The interior features large displays of planets, stars in a nod to the country’s space programme.
A large section on the lower floor is dedicated to yoga with audio-visual displays detailing the benefits of different asanas or postures.
A model of the Hindu temple being constructed in Abu Dhabi is among the displays.
Heritage sites and historical locations in states across the country are part of the large video displays within.
The Indian pavilion is a dynamic, continually moving structure that retells stories about the country’s past and plans for the future.
It will mean no two visits to India’s Expo 2020 offering will be the same.
The architect who designed the India pavilion at Expo 2020 said his aim was to capture constant change in the country.
“The kinetic facade helps us to keep changing the story so the building talks to people,” Dikshu Kukreja, managing principal at CP Kukreja Architects, told The National recently.
“The multidimensionality and dynamism of the facade allows us to tell a different story of India every time. We wanted to show movement and transformation.
“The moving blocks metaphorically represent an India that is changing constantly.”