The word 'mela' in Sanskrit means a gathering of people to celebrate arts, culture and creativity. The London Mela first took place in 2003, supported by the Mayor of London. Over 90,000 people took part in the celebrations in 2008. The gala festivities can now be considered the biggest one-day celebration of culture and creativity from the Indian subcontinent. The Mela features diverse events spread across various zones and stages to accommodate Londoners of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
Indian fusion music and contemporary beats blend to create an unparalleled acoustic experience. Community Cabaret, Asian devotional music and aerial circus further conform to the Mela's broad-spectrum of appeal. There is a lot for children, too, with an area called the Magic Mela whereby they can experience the magic of stories, dance and creative play.
The 2008 highlights were Bobby and Nihal's brand of music, and 1 Xtra and Continental Drifts bringing in urban Asian beats at the London Flavas.
Desi Beats, Hip Hop, Drum'n'Bass and Electro, as well as some old party favourites, were eclectically blended by DJs featured at the BBC Asian Network mix tent. Heritage Maidaan and Classical zone enveloped the atmosphere with spirituality by featuring devotional music in the form of Sufi Qawwalis and Bhajans presented by the Sacred Music Project.
Market area for food, crafts and cultural stalls also form an important part in the London Mela.
|Date||Sunday 8th August 2010|
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