G20: Millets to empires, host India showcases rich heritage in Bengaluru

From a Ricky Kej show to the conjuring of the Vijayanagar Empire, delegates treated to all

Arup Roychoudhury Bengaluru
Stalls and exhibits at the G20 event in Bengaluru. (Photo credit: Arup Roychoudhury)

Stalls and exhibits at the G20 event in Bengaluru. (Photo credit: Arup Roychoudhury)

On the evening of February 24, while officials from various nations were locked in negotiations over the joint statement that was to be agreed upon the next day, the G20 finance ministers, central bank governors, heads of multilateral development banks and other dignitaries were taken on a journey back in time to the glory days of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Through a long and elaborate performance, which combined dance and music with multimedia presentations and digital mapping technology, the who’s who of the global economic order were treated to a dazzling and immersive history lesson. The performance portrayed the lives and culture of the empire, which ruled most of South India from its seat of power in what is now Hampi.
At the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) in Bengaluru, host India pulled out all stops to showcase the rich heritage of Karnataka.

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First Published: Feb 27 2023 | 2:40 PM IST

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