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Bharat Mandapam: Venue of G20 Summit in New Delhi – What You Need to Know

Bharat Mandapam: Venue of G20 Summit in New Delhi – What You Need to Know

The 19th G20 Summit commenced at Bharat Mandapam in Delhi following the arrival of top leaders from around the world. Among the prominent figures attending are US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

This significant summit is being hosted at the International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) complex, also known as Bharat Mandapam, situated in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The complex was officially inaugurated on July 26.


19th G20 Summit commenced at Bharat Mandapam in Delhi
19th G20 Summit commenced at Bharat Mandapam in Delhi


Bharat Mandapam serves as a platform to showcase India’s rich and diverse culture to global leaders and delegates during the summit. It is aptly referred to as a cultural ‘corridor’ due to its role in highlighting the country’s cultural heritage. As part of its offerings, the venue will feature both physical and virtual exhibitions, creating an immersive and informative experience for visitors.

The 29-foot-tall bronze statue of Nataraja, a divine representation of Lord Shiva in his cosmic dance form, takes center stage at Bharat Mandapam, serving as a testament to India’s rich culture and tradition. In India, dance and singing have long been revered as profound means of worshiping the divine. Crafted from Ashtadhatu, a sacred alloy of eight metals, the statue weighs approximately 18 tons and was meticulously created by renowned sculptor Radhakrishnan Sthapaty from Swami Malai in Tamil Nadu, along with his dedicated team, in a remarkable seven-month endeavor.

Spanning across a vast 123-acre expanse, the venue for world leaders for two days, Bharat Mandapam, has been transformed into India’s largest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destination. In terms of covered space available for events, this complex ranks among the top exhibition and convention complexes globally, signifying its significance on the world stage.

Designed to host grand international exhibitions, trade fairs, conventions, conferences, and more, Bharat Mandapam boasts impressive facilities:

Its multi-purpose hall and plenary hall can accommodate up to seven thousand attendees, surpassing the renowned Sydney Opera House in Australia in terms of capacity. This impressive scale enhances its capability to host diverse events.
The name ‘Bharat Mandapam’ draws inspiration from Lord Basaveshwara’s concept of Anubhav Mandapam, emphasizing its cultural and spiritual roots. Furthermore, the grand complex is open to the public and will offer comprehensive facilities to support the nation’s growth and progress.

Also read: India’s G20 Presidency: A Golden Opportunity, Says Top MEA Official

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