Mumbai: Queensland has been announced as the host for India’s exclusive Maharaja Cup polo tournament in 2013.
Making the announcement in Mumbai as part of a high level trade and investment mission to promote the India-Queensland relationship, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the hosting of the 2013 Maharaja Cup is milestone in the cultural exchange between the two regions.
“The 2013 Maharaja Cup is an exclusive polo tournament held under the patronage of India’s His Highness the Mahararaj Raghav Raj Singh of Shivrati, Udaipur, which is proposed to move between India and Australia annually,” Newman said. “The event will feature elite polo players contesting the Cup on Queensland’s Gold Coast on 13 April 2013 and will promote Australia – India business and cultural relations.
The event will be on the back of Oz Fest India, the largest and most expansive Australian cultural festival ever staged in India by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which Queensland is supporting. Newman said Queensland and India also share a cultural exchange with education, tourism and the arts industries being of particular importance.
“I am also pleased to announce a major Indian art acquisition for Queensland by a central figure in Indian contemporary art, Mumbai artist Atul Dodiya.
“The Queensland’s Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art has commissioned Mr Dodiaya’s major work Somersault in sandalwood sky which will be displayed as part of the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, being held in Brisbane from December 2012 to April 2013.
“This acquisition pays testimony to the Gallery’s long standing cultural engagement with India.
“Since 1996, the Queensland Art Gallery’s APT series has presented the work of 26 leading Indian artists in Brisbane, and this year’s exhibition has the strongest showing to date with eight artists and artist groups from India represented.
“Earlier in November, Queensland also hosted a group of India’s finest actors and Directors at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, including Manoj Bajpayee Leena Yadav, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajan Khosa and Anurag Kashyap. Our cultural ties are immense.”
Newman is currently leading a group of 76 senior business representatives on a trade mission to India, promoting Queensland’s resources, agriculture, tourism, construction and education industries.