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Honorary Consulate General of Austria, Jasubhai Foundation & Austrian Trade Commission Announce A Week-Long Austrian Cultural Festival in Mumbai

Oct 01, 2014   14:45 IST 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


The Consulate General of Austria (Hon), in association with the Jasubhai Foundation, at a Press Conference yesterday on ‘Building Greater Trade & Cultural Co-operation between Austria & India at the Trident, Nariman Point, announced about a week long the Austrian Cultural Festival that will be held in Mumbai from October 24th to November 2nd. The cultural festival, aims to strengthen the cultural co-operation between Austria and India, will bring for the first time in the city a taste of the Austrian Culture.


At the event, Dr. Wolfram Moritz, the Austrian Trade Commissioner touched upon the trade aspect between Austria & India. The highlights of the Cultural festival include a Musical Concert by the Salzburg Chamber Youth Orchestra who will be performing at the Tata Theatre, NCPA on 28th October 2014, a traditional Viennese Ball that will be held on 30th October 2014 at the Trident, Nariman Point as well as the Austrian Food & Film Festival between 24th October to 2nd November 2014.


About this initiative, the Austrian Ambassador to India Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz who gave a key note address said: “The Austrian culture week will showcase Austria’s cultural, economic & intellectual splendor. I am very grateful to the Hon. Vice Consul General Mr. Maulik Jasubhai to organize it. I think it’s the right moment to come here . It offers a fantastic opportunity to present Austria and all its glory during one week through cultural events like Music, Food and the Viennese Ball which is definitely a social highlight. The Viennese Ball is a participative event so whoever wants to go there should be aware of the risk that dancing is infectious and it will be required by every participant in the Ball. You will see it is great fun. Just enjoy and experience a cultural manifestation which otherwise you would only find in Vienna.”


The Hon. Vice Consul of Austria Mr. Maulik Jasubhai shared his perspective and association with this endeavour by saying “There are many reasons to celebrate and create this large celebration this year. My father Jasu Shah who has been the Hon. Consul General of Austria for more than 35 years was privileged to receive the grand honor in 1993 with the Austrian Cross of Honour, highest civilian honour bestowed to any non Austrian for promoting Science & Arts . So for us it’s a great privilege, great honour and pleasure to be associated with Austria for more than three decades. Our association with Austria has some very fond memories from hosting the Vienna chamber orchestra, from doing several Viennese Balls. This is the third one. The Viennese Ball that goes back to many centuries of music, dance, festivities. Between the Austrian Food festival and Austrian Music festival we will be showing several Austrian movies at two or three locations in Mumbai. We have the support from the Embassy. So we welcome you to participate in this Austian week and we look forward to exchange of people and lots of fun.”


The Cultural festival will highlight the unique features of Austrian culture. Traditional dance, music and food will aim to inspire greater understanding of Austria and travel to the country. The festival will also showcase what Austria and India have in common, like the love for beautiful dance and harmonious music. It is a great opportunity for all music, dance and food lovers to be delighted by this culturally rich country.


Jasubhai Group:

Established in 1966 and headquartered in Mumbai, the Jasubhai Group is focused on two core business areas: Engineering & Manufacturing, Business & Technology Media. The Group comprises of the Jasubhai Foundation, Jasubhai Engineering Private Ltd (JEPL), CHEMTECH Foundation & Jasubhai Media. The Group has a pan-India presence across major cities, as well as overseas in Dubai, Oman and Qatar.


Jasubhai Foundation:

Established in 1984, the Jasubhai Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust funded by the Jasubhai Group of Companies and its Founder, Mr. Jasu Shah. Its core areas include Education, Medicine, Arts & Culture, Indian Heritage and Rural Development. The Foundation supports activities from primary to advanced professional education. In the field of healthcare, the Foundation promotes medical assistance for people in need, financially supports the Eye Hospital in Kalol, North Gujarat, and is the Founding Patron of the Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha’s Medical Center in Matunga, Mumbai. Jasubhai Foundation is also a major supporter and Patron of the NCPA and the Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha in Mumbai.


Advantage Austria:

With its more than 110 offices in over 70 countries, provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for both Austrian companies and their international business partners. Its 750 employees and 40 consultants around the world assist in locating Austrian suppliers and business partners. It organizes more than 1,000 events every year to bring business contacts together. Other services provided by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices range from introductions to Austrian companies looking for importers, distributors or agents to providing in-depth information on Austria as a business location and assistance in entering the Austrian market.


Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz: With a Degree in History and French by the University of Vienna, the Ambassador has been in diplomatic career since 1990. He has worked in the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and also was the Austrian Ambassador in Portugal. Since 2013, Mr. Wrabetz is the Austrian Ambassador to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


Dr. Wolfram Moritz: Austrian Trade Commissioner in India since 2012, Mr Moritz is involved in Austrian Commercial and Economic affairs since the 1980s.Previously he worked in Thailand, Mexico, Korea and Belgium.

Mr. MaulikJasubhai: Besides being the Hon. Vice Consul of Austria, he is the Vice Chairman & Chief Executive, Jasubhai Group (Jasubhai Engineering, CHEMTECH Foundation, Jasubhai Foundation & Jasubhai Media). Mr. Maulik Jasubhai holds a degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the prestigious Wharton Business School. Maulik Jasubhai was the Founder & Publisher of Jasubhai Digital Media. JDM was the pioneer in IT Media & Online Media with preeminent brands like Chip, Digit, ZDNet India, CTO Forum and CRN. Prior to his position at the Jasubhai Group, Mr. Jasubhai worked with Fisher Rosemount, a Process Automation Division of Emerson Electric--a US-based Fortune 500 company. Under his aegis, the Jasubhai Group has entered the fast-growing Middle East market and has already set up manufacturing operations in other international markets to serve the growing engineering demands. Mr. Jasubhai is also the Hon. Vice Consul of Austria in Mumbai, since the year 2000. Under his leadership, a weeklong cultural festival of Music, Art & Austrian cuisine is being hosted in Mumbai.


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(L-R) Dr. Wolfram Moritz Austrian Trade Commissioner,Austrian Ambassador to India Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz  & Maulik Jasibhai, Hon. Austrian Vice Consulate General & Vice Chairman Jasubhai Group
(L-R) Dr. Wolfram Moritz Austrian Trade Commissioner,Austrian Ambassador to India Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz & Maulik Jasibhai, Hon. Austrian Vice Consulate General & Vice Chairman Jasubhai Group
(L-R) Dr. Wolfram Moritz Austrian Trade Commissioner,Austrian Ambassador to India Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz  & Mr. Maulik Jasibhai, Hon. Austrian Vice Consulate General & Vice Chairman Jasubhai Group
(L-R) Dr. Wolfram Moritz Austrian Trade Commissioner,Austrian Ambassador to India Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz & Mr. Maulik Jasibhai, Hon. Austrian Vice Consulate General & Vice Chairman Jasubhai Group
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