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India interprets "Cities of Harmony" on National Pavilion Day

08-19-2010 09:15 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Wednesday marks National Pavilion Day for India at the ongoing Shanghai World Expo. Visitors to the Pavilion are led on a journey of Indian cities from ancient times to the present day in an experience called "Cities of Harmony." Now let's take a closer look at how India has created a "Better City, Better Life."

India has erected the world's largest bamboo dome at the Shanghai Expo. Covered with living plants, the hemisphere spans about 35 meters in diameter with a height of 17 meters. A set of copper plates are interwoven on the roof, serving not only as an ornament, but a symbol inspired by the Tree of Life.

The symbol also stretches to the interior, decorating the arch. The composition highlights the circle of life, expounding the expo theme "Better City, Better Life".

The 4-000 square meter structure is a similar copy of the Sanchi Stupa, a signature work of Indian architecture built in the third century BC. But inside, it presents more than just history.

India pavilion also depicts the traditional way of living, integration of rural and urban areas and conservation of natural resources.

India is home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, one of the world's oldest. The nation boasts a kaleidoscopic variety of cultural heritage. Its religions form one of the most defining aspects of Indian culture. Four popular religions -- Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism -- originated there.

Artists from the Republic of India perform during a ceremony celebrating the National Pavilion Day of the Republic of India at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, east China, Aug. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Ren Long)
Artists from the Republic of India perform during a ceremony celebrating the
National Pavilion Day of the Republic of India at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai,
east China, Aug. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Ren Long)

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