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Siemens is organizing ‘Golden Footprints – A Musical Journey’, a series of extravagant musical concerts in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore to celebrate its 50 Years of Manufacturing in India. The East meets West fusion event will present a 13-member ensemble of Germany’s foremost musicians in concert with the Indian King of Jazz, Louiz Banks and his team. The coup de grace will include inspired dance performances by India’s premier choreographer Terence Lewis and his troupe. The concert series kicks off in Mumbai on the 4th of February at the NCPA, on the 7th February in Kolkata and 10th February in Bangalore.
This first-of-its-kind exclusive event ‘Golden Footprints – A Musical Journey’ presented by Siemens unites sounds of Big Band and Jazz, interlaced with the vivacious rhythms of Indian music. The result is an exotic blend that will trace the magical moments of music through time – from the Big Band sounds of the early 1900s to the present day pulsating music of Bollywood. The concert attempts to capture the essence that embodies the spirit of Siemens in India.
Mr. J Schubert, Managing Director, Siemens Ltd. comments, “This is a happy and proud moment for us at Siemens in India. We are celebrating 50 years of manufacturing presence in India and enroute we have achieved manufacturing excellence. Today, we are an Indian company with International roots. Reinforcing its commitment to India, Siemens looks forward to usher in another era of success and innovation”. He further added, “ To celebrate this golden jubilee, we bring a unique fusion of music that will trace the cultural diversity of the East and the West. We take pride in bringing to India Eberhard Stockmann and his team of exceptional musicians to participate in a one-of-its-kind musical extravaganza with Louiz Banks and Terence Lewis.”
Says Eberhard Stockmann, saxophonist extraordinaire and leader of the German ensemble, “It is my privilege to be associated with the experience of Siemens’ 50 Years of Manufacturing in India and participate in the richness of Indian music. Our fusion represents the soul of the rich legacy of Indian and European music and traces this evolution through time. The message is also apt for Siemens’ own experience in India, that of a deep rooted commitment to preserve and enhance the heritage of this great nation and help lead its thrust into a new era with typical German élan combined with the heart of traditional Indian flair.”
Reiterates Louiz Banks, “Playing with the cream of European musicians represents a great personal satisfaction for me, a transcending of boundaries and an enriching mélange of musical melodies. East and West, the traditional with the modern, and precision with flexibility, our music presents just that. Siemens in India embodies this philosophy and through these concerts takes the experience across the country.”
Says ace choreographer and dancer Terence Lewis, “Expression of art in dance and song transcends all confines and as an artist, one always endeavours to challenge boundaries. Golden Footprints represents a combination of Indian soul and German flair. Choreography will bring to life this enchanting music and provide a visual representation of the fusion. Musical notes will be transformed into movements and melody into grace. Working alongside musicians of such high caliber will be of great satisfaction and I am looking forward to it.”
These musical concerts are held to celebrate 50 years of manufacturing presence in India. From humble beginnings of a repair workshop under the Mahalaxmi Bridge, Siemens has grown sizably to 14 manufacturing units across India. However, Siemens’ association with India began in 1867, when Werner von Siemens personally supervised the laying of the first telegraphic line between London and Calcutta.
Siemens Ltd is the flagship of the Siemens Group in India. The Siemens Group is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions in India with a business volume aggregating about Rs. 5400 crores. It operates in the core business segments of Energy, Industry and Buildings, Information Technology, Communication, Transportation, Healthcare and Lighting. It has a nation-wide Sales and Service network, 14 manufacturing plants, some 500 strong network of channel partners and through its 11 companies, the Siemens Group employs over 12,000 people.