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Faces of Incredible India

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At the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai this year, the India pavilion will take visitors on a journey through 2,000 years of civilization in a kaleidoscope of landscapes, culture, religion and peoples to reveal a unique blend of tradition and modern life.

"The India pavilion at Expo 2010 will project diversity and duality," said Commissioner General N.K. Sehgal.

"India is a country with diverse geography, traditions, culture and languages. In both its cities and rural areas there is a unique duality of the ancient and modern,” he said.

The 4,000-sq-m pavilion will promote the notion of "Cities of Harmony" as its core message.

The pavilion will consist of two sections: an entry plaza that flows into a main dome, which will exemplify the theme of duality.

The theme of diversity will start at the plaza in the form of live cultural performances, food and handicrafts from various urban and rural areas of the country, giving visitors a taste of India. This plaza flows into the central dome to show how it is possible to be united amid diversity.

The dome is inspired by the Great Stupa at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh state, which is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

It gains special relevance in China because of its Buddhist lineage, with its style serving as a recurring theme in Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Jain, Sikh and Christian architecture. As such, it makes a strong statement about the amalgam of different cultures and religions.

The Expo opens in May.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Faces of Incredible India

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Faces of Incredible India

Renee Haines is an editor and broadcaster at China Daily. Renee has more than 15 years of experience as a newspaper editor, radio station anchor and news director, news-wire service reporter and bureau chief, magazine writer, book editor and website consultant. She came to China from the United States.