The countdown to Anand Mela 2016 has begun as it returns in its 6th year as a grand two-day family event. It will be held on the 11th and 12th of June at the Harrow Leisure Centre.
As the community celebrates Queen’s 90th birthday over this weekend all across the country, Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar will also attribute the sixth year of our Anand Mela celebration to Her Majesty’s good and long life.
The Mela will include a business fair ('Assets India Property' show) and a health fair ('Aarogya Mela') as top attractions apart from vibrant cultural performances all day. The Mela attracts over 6000 visitors yearly and boasts of a variety of stalls ranging from beauty, fashion and wedding, property and investment, health and wellbeing, and of course, food and drinks. Apart from the cultural shows by top-notch performers we also have vibrant performances community organisations and school children.
Shishukunj, our Charity Partner for Anand Mela 2016, is a children’s charity that has been working in London for over 30 years. Through the medium of Indian culture, they try to instil morals and values in children from the age of 5 upwards so that they become responsible and respected leaders of tomorrow’s society. Shishukunj also organises a host of annual activities including celebrating major Indian festivals and events to help the needy, and camping trips.
This year, the exciting line-up for the cultural performances includes singer Navin Kundra, Honey Kalaria of Honey’s Dance Academy (HDA), singer Oshin Mehta, Mira Salat of Mira's Performing Arts, singer Kishan Amin, AK Dance Academy, Sai School, singer Jayden, Kathak artist Manorma Joisi, Mohammed Fahad, and K’z Dance Entertainment, to name a few. Subhendu Banerjee, a theatre and stage personality from West Bengal will also be performing.
Further to last week’s introductions, we have singer Mohammed Fahad. He has been an avid Mohammed Rafi fan, which is evident in his singing. He is popularly known for his rendition of popular Mohammed Rafi songs and has been a part of many concerts, paying tribute to the singer.
K’z Dance Entertainment was founded by Kalpesh Zalavadiya (Patel). Kalpesh is a self-taught Bollywood dance teacher, choreographer and performer. K’z Dance Entertainment is also popularly known for their vibrant and energetic Daandiya Raas and traditional Garba folk dance styles. Jayden is a young, sensational singer, songwriter and recording artist whose unique RnB-pop tracks carry a modish Desi twist. His striking singles ‘Sun Zara’ and ‘Breath Away’ were hits with the listening public, and eventually got him recognised by the BBC Asian Network.
Manorma Joisi is a performing artist (actress, singer and songwriter) living in London. She is also a trained and experienced Kathak dancer. She has performed at The London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremony as well as the Queens Jubilee in 2012. Oshin Mehta is a London based Hindi singer, composer and lyricist. After the success of ‘Yadaan Teriyan’ and ‘Saansein’, Oshin’s recent track 'Power' has featured in a British film named 'Anti-social' by Reg Travis, alongside Skepta and Devlin.
Sai School of Harrow is a free Saturday school for children aged 3-16 years, teaching human values as well as performing arts. The ethos of the school shows how Hinduism can be integrated in a multifaith and multicultural society.
The 'Assets India Property' show will be held at the Masefield suite in Harrow Leisure centre from 10 am to 7 pm, and will share details of properties and profitable investment opportunities in different cities of India.
The 'Aarogya Mela' is organised solely with the healthcare needs of residents of the UK in mind. Areas of speciality like dental, cardiac, disc and other fields are covered under this segment. Interested people can seek healthcare advice on treatments with the health experts present.
Anand Mela also gives businesspeople the opportunity to have their stalls set up. From marketing to selling, people who want to showcase their business or its ideas are welcome at the Anand Mela.
All the money made from ticket sales proceeds of Anand Mela will go to Shishukunj. Tickets for the fest are £2.50 and can be purchased on the day itself. Entry is free for children under the age of 12. For further details, please contact our office at 020 7749 4085.
We hope to see you there!