Building Bridges Between Cultures With Music and Wine

Mumbai, India (PressExposure) January 25, 2012 -- Andreas Lapp, Chairman of The Board LAPP HOLDING AG and Honorary Consul of the Republic of India for Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate is launching two major events in India starting today and to continue over the next few days. Both the events aim to strengthen the existing relations between India and Germany. The first of these is the "Stuttgart meets Mumbai" wine festival, which is taking place for the eighth time in Stuttgart's twin city - Mumbai. This year, the event is being held in parallel with celebrations marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Germany. Andreas Lapp is also paying tribute to this milestone by sponsoring a second event: a concert tour by the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, which will perform works by famous Indian composer A. R. Rahman in five major Indian cities.

"Stuttgart meets Mumbai" wine festival

The "Stuttgart meets Mumbai" wine festival taking place on 21 and 22 January at the Taj Lands End Hotel is being held in Mumbai. The aim is to give Indian visitors an impression of the Swabian way of life, by offering them the opportunity to sample wines from the region, tuck into local culinary specialties, enjoy some traditional folk music and find out more information from the various stands. This is the eighth time that the festival takes place in Mumbai and it has become a real meeting point for politicians, entrepreneurs and representatives from the worlds of business, film, media and tourism, and the wine industry. The Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, Mr. Wolfgang Schuster, also attended the festival with a team of delegates. Honorary Consul of India Mr. Andreas Lapp comments, "The festival provides an ideal opportunity to network and socialize. Business people, cultural ambassadors and politicians can forge new contacts and strengthen existing ones, and this helps to build bridges between the Indian and German cultures. Further, with the year 2011-2012 being the year of Germany and India, we have strengthened our focus on enhancing existing relations between the two countries by presenting additional events like the Classic Incantations concert tour."

This year, regional vineyards Unser, Heinrich, Supp and Bihlmayer invited festival-attendees to taste their Riesling, Kerner, Trollinger and Lemberger wines.

The Pforzheim Technical College for Goldsmiths and Watchmakers also conducted a workshop at the festival, and the Baden-Württemberg film organization advertised Stuttgart's ninth Indian film festival, "Bollywood and beyond", which will run from 18 to 22 July 2012.

Srinivas P Kamisetty, Managing Director of LAPP INDIA Pvt. Ltd, elaborated further on the significance of India as a sector to the Lapp family and mentioned that, "The Indian subcontinent is of noteworthy focus to Andreas Lapp both in terms of the operational focus of his family-owned business Lapp Group as well as the aspect of augmenting Indo-German culture, relations, art and trade. In line with our business development at Lapp India, we are happy to announce that our new manufacturing plant in Bhopal is most likely to be functional in the next few months. Further, drawing a parallel between our business and social focus, Lapp India, being a total connectivity solutions provider, showcases remarkable interest in establishing and developing relations between Indians and Germans, and our concert tour with AR Rahman will help build on the same."

Additional socio-cultural activities initiated to further extend trade relations between India and Baden-Württemberg is the establishment of the "Indian Business Centre" at the LAPP Group premises in Stuttgart that provides fully furnished offices, technical infrastructure and expert advice, the centre aims to make it easier for Indian companies to locate in Baden-Württemberg. The LAPP Group is also the principal sponsor of "Bollywood and Beyond" Indian film festival in Stuttgart.

"Classic Incantations: Babelsberg performs A. R. Rahman"

To mark the 60th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Germany and India, Honorary Consul Andreas Lapp is sponsoring a concert tour entitled "Classic Incantations: Babelsberg performs A. R. Rahman". Indian superstar Allah Rakha Rahman, also known as the "Mozart of Madras", has won two Oscars, a Golden Globe and two Grammy Awards as composer and performer, among many other impressive achievements. At the end of January, the around 100-strong German Babelsberg Film Orchestra will be performing his compositions to audiences in large concert halls in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. This is the first time that a Western orchestra has ever performed Indian music in India, and some 15,000 people are expected to attend in total. The concert tour is being presented exclusively by Lapp India. Andreas Lapp explains, "Music is a great way to bring people together. We are confident that this unique initiative will help people in Germany and India to connect on new levels."


LAPP GROUP, based in Stuttgart Vaihingen, is one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of high flexibility cables, cable accessories, industrial connectors, pre-assembled cables and communication technology. With over 40,000 individual products, the LAPP GROUP is one of the major international suppliers in machine and plant construction, automation technology and measurement and control technology for the automotive industry as well as for the electrical engineering, installation, transport and energy sectors, among others.

The LAPP GROUP has 2600 employees worldwide, 56 wholly-owned companies and around 100 representative offices, became involved in the Indian subcontinent at a very early stage. For further information please visit


Started operations at Bangalore in 1996, with a manufacturing unit and today it is the third largest manufacturing facility of the Lapp Group. Each year about 100,000 km of OLFLEX connecting and control cables and insulated single cores are produced.

LAPP India now operates through a trained regional marketing organization in Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai with 23 sales offices and a strong network of dealers throughout the country. In the past few years, LAPP India has been credited with a year on year annual growth of about 30 percent, strengthening its operations further.

Founded by Mr. Oscar Lapp, the LAPP Group is one of the leading cables company in the world. The global organization is known for its bold initiatives to bring in innovations over the years. The Group recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, an achievement that showcases the tremendous success it has achieved. After Mr. Oscar's demise the family business legacy is being managed by wife Mrs. Ursula Ida Lapp and sons - Mr. Siegbert and Mr. Andreas Lapp. For further information please visit

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