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Delhi gets its own Buddy Bear

Days before the opening of ‘Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’, German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek unveiled a special icon in front of the German Embassy in New Delhi.

A two-metre high sculpture, the Delhi Buddy Bear is a symbol of cultural exchange and will welcome all visitors to the Embassy. Designed by Annie Kumari, a student at the Delhi College of Art, the Buddy Bear has been painted with attractive Indian motifs.
At the event, Ambassador Matussek said, “The unveiling of this Buddy Bear comes just before the inauguration of the ‘Germanyand India 2011-2012- Infinite Opportunities’ on September 23rd with a concert in Nehru Parkat 1830 hrs.”

To celebrate 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations, Germany is organising a fifteen-month long event series, showcasing the entire spectrum of Indo-German collaboration in the fields of politics, business, culture, education, science and research. With a thematic focus on ‘StadtRäume-City Spaces’, the programme series across India will discuss the implications of rapid urbanisation and challenges posed by the fast changes in cities of both countries today.
The first Buddy Bear was made by German entrepreneurs Klaus and Eva Herlitz, in collaboration with sculptor Roman Strobl in the year 2001. Ambassador Matussek said, “The Buddy Bear communicates friendship, openess, tolerance and of love among the nations.”
The bear has been Berlin’s emblem for centuries and the Buddy Bear was envisaged to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests in various different designs.
Currently, around 140 Buddy Bears are on display in Berlin, promoting tolerance, international understanding and living together in peace and harmony. Since the first exhibition in Berlin in 2002, more than 25 million visitors worldwide have admired the United Buddy Bears.

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