Date for London Mela 2014 and video round up of 2013!

Date for London Mela 2014 and video round up of 2013!

The date for the for the London Mela in 2014 is now fixed for Sunday 31st August, putting it in the same weekend as last year, the week after the August bank holiday and the week before school starts for the Autumn term.

Talking of 2013, we’ve uploaded this great video round uip of one of our best ever Melas – from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to the fantastic climax of the Rama and Sita shadow dance show and pyrotechnics.

Click below to watch it unfold:

London Mela 2013 from Remarkable Productions on Vimeo.

The Classical Stage at the London Mela 2013

The Classical Stage at the London Mela 2013

Our friends at the Philharmonia Orchestra performed for a second year in a row at the event. In this film they talk about their experiences of the day. More below from the Philharmonia themselves.

The Philharmonia Orchestra were delighted to be invited to the Classical Stage at London Mela 2013, to perform Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s composition ‘Samaagam’, played on the sarod by his two sons Amaan and Ayaan.

In this film the Philharmonia speak with the two brothers before their performance, as well as with conductor David Murphy, who spent a considerable amount of time in Delhi with the composer. We also hear from the Mela’s Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra, on the history of the Mela and the continuing relationship with the Philharmonia.

You can learn more about Philharmonia Orchestra here.

London Mela 2013 in Gunnersbury Park from Philharmonia Orchestra on Vimeo.

80,000 people in mela celebrations

80,000 people in mela celebrations

 

This year’s London Mela saw 80,000 people turn out for what was one action-packed event.

The main stage line-up included Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Harshdeep Kaur, ||Superwoman|| and A S Kang, plus a special performance on the Classical Stage from the Philharmonia Orchestra with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan but this was just the beginning…

The BBC Asian Network’s New Music tent had an over flowing audience from the start of the event, while the Community Stage in the Magic Mela area had huge crowds enjoying the high-energy dance and music.

All this and a circus, the first ever Mela fashion Show staged by Oxfam, Nasser Hussain challenging festival goers to try and bowl him out at the Skype Cricket pavilion, a sports area with free activities, a twilight parade and a firework finale accompanying a shadow movement performance of Rama and Sita by Walk the Plank.

The entertainment areas were not the only thing in demand, with thousands enjoying the international food markets, there were some very happy festival goers!

Photos by: S J Knight Photography and Martin Brown.

BREAKING NEWS: Rahat special appearance at London Mela 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Rahat special appearance at London Mela 2013
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

We’re thrilled to announce that another name has been added to this year’s exciting line up which already includes AS Kang, Harshdeep Kaur, Bally Sagoo, Falak, iiSuperwomanii, Nafees, Rax Timr Productions…

Having sold out his debut date at the O2, Superstar and Icon Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who is currently on his ‘The Voice from Heaven’ 2013 UK Tour will be making a special appearance at this year’s London Mela on Sunday 1st September.

The Voice of Heaven tour promises to descend on stage with an electrifying performance by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan celebrating 100 years of Bollywood.

The BBC Asian Network are partnering his forthcoming concert dates, so you’ll hear more from him in the coming weeks.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, nephew of the legendary late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was mentored under him since birth and is now the King of Qawwali and Sufi music and the glorious voice behind hit songs such as ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain’, ‘Sajda’, ‘Dil To Baccha Hai’, ‘Teri Ore’ and ’Teri Meri’.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was introduced to Bollywood in Mahesh Bhatt’s movie ‘Paap’ and performed on stage for the first time in 1998 at a benefit concert in Los Angeles, and like they say, the rest is history. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has now captured the hearts of millions worldwide and continues to mesmerize audiences with his melodious voice and Sufi music. He has had award winning hits for films such as Dabaang, My name is Khan, Son of Sardar and many more.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been honoured with the Award for Best Music Talent in a Film at the 14th London Music Festival in 2012, the Award for Best Male Playback Singer at the 2011 Filmfare Awards and the Award for Best Singer Male at the Pakistan Media Awards in 2011.

Cricket legend Nasser Hussain in guest appearance at Skype Pavilion and Cricket Net

Cricket legend Nasser Hussain in guest appearance at Skype Pavilion and Cricket Net

 

Nasser Hussain

Nasser HussainEx-England cricketer Nasser Hussain will be making a guest appearance at the Mela’s Gold Sponsor,  Skype’s Cricket Pavilion and Net.

Ex-England cricketer Nasser Hussain will be making a guest appearance at the Mela’s Gold Sponsor,  Skype’s Cricket Pavilion and Net.

Top bowlers get (as well as bragging rights) their name up on the digital leader board and the chance to bowl out cricket legend, Nasser Hussain!  Visitors can also put their feet up in our comfy lounge area and grab a cup of tea (with a biscuit, of course).

Nasser is regarded as one of the England’s best batsman, scoring more than 20,000 runs in 334 matches.

Skype are also celebrating their new lower calling rates from the UK to India and Pakistan. Everyone loves to talk for free, but sometimes friends and family aren’t available on Skype. With a little Skype Credit you can carry on the conversation for 1p*/min to mobiles and landlines in India and 5.9p**/min to mobiles and landlines in Pakistan.

There’s no entry charge for the London Mela and it’s great fun for the whole family. See you there for a wide array of food, sports, street theatre and music!

*Excludes VAT. **Connection fee applies. Excludes VAT.

London Mela app goes live!

London Mela app goes live!
Hand holding a smart phone showing the Mela app

Hand holding a smart phone showing the Mela app

Our first ever app has gone live!

Sponsored by Skype, the app is free, and easy to use, giving you up-to-date information on the event, news, stage line-ups and more – so you’ll never miss a performance again.

The app is now live for Android and Iphone stay in touch with the latest Mela news by following us on facebook and twitter. Download the android app here and search ‘london Mela’ in the Iphone app store.

Latest news

Latest news
London Mela 2012 crowds

London Mela 2012 crowds

With less than two weeks until the Mela and the line-up growing bigger by the day the event’s already in full swing.

You can find all the latest news and announcements below, and more details about each zone and stage using the tabs above.

The Mela now has nine zones, five stages, outdoor arts, a family areas, exhibitors and market with food from around the world. Don’t forget to follow us on facebook and twitter for instant updates and news throughout the day and during the event, links on the top right of this page. See you on the day!

Harshdeep Kaur added to London Mela main stage line-up

Harshdeep Kaur added to London Mela main stage line-up
Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep Kaur

The Sufi songstress Harshdeep Kaur is jetting in from India to play on the main stage at this year’s London Mela.

Known for her work with AR Rahman on many Bollywood films and Hollywood films including Danny Boyles 127 Hours.

Her song R.I.P. was nominated for the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards in 2010. ‘Katiya Karoon’ from the movie Rockstar is her latest song with A.R.Rahman.

Her rendition of Ik Onkar in Rang De Basanti under the direction of AR Rahman brought her recognition on a wide scale. Ik Onkar became one of the most popular ringtones and hello tunes worldwide. Harshdeep also became a part of AR Rahmans Jai Ho World Tour, where she got the opportunity to perform for global audiences.

Harshdeep recorded her first solo album Romantica at a tender age of 14, when she won the MTV Video Gaga Contest.

During the same time, she also recorded playback song Sajna Main Haari in the film Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai.

This was followed by a series of Film Songs and music albums. Harshdeep says, “With every song, she grew as a singer. Every music director has a different and unique style. I am lucky that I got the opportunity to work with most of the music directors in the Hindi film industry.”

Oxfam Fashion Show announced

Oxfam Fashion Show announced

Calling all fashionistas!

Fashion designer Neishaa Gharat with new creations

Fashion designer Neishaa Gharat with new creations

For the first time ever the London Mela will play host to the Oxfam Fashion Show, featuring new creations from recycled and up-cycled clothes that have been donated.

Oxfam are working closely with fabulous fashion designer Neishaa Gharat who will use Oxfam sourced clothes and accessories plus a healthy dose of creativity to create exquisite garments to hit the runway.

Each show will be a combination of redesigned, reconstructed and simply styled ensembles by the designer who has a healthy background in fashion and design and was awarded ‘Shining Woman Entrepreneur’ by Readers Digest.

On the day, models from TMP model agency will take to the catwalk to show just how fashionable it is to shop in Oxfam. After the event, all Neishaa‘s catwalk creations and looks will be available to buy on the Oxfam Online Shop.

‘We’ll be having music from the amazing Bobby Friction, fashion show management by Laviva by Neeru Bhandari, hair and make-up is being provided by Lubna Rafiq (and TMP is providing some models for the show)’

For a behind the scene’s look at the creations for the show and to read more visit Oxfam’s blog page.

The Wishing Rail

In conjunction to the fashion show Neishaa Gharat is creating an art installation themed “The Wishing Rail“.

Keeping with the spirit of Oxfam she envisions all the visitors at the London Mela to engage with her installation ‘together wishing for a better world‘. Inspired by her experiences at Oxfam’s state of the art recycling factories at Batley and Milton Point, strips of recycled textiles will be designed together as a piece of art and will be auctioned to support an Oxfam project in South Asia.

 The initial inspiration came from a “Wishing tree”. 

A ”Wishing tree” , in many Asian cultures, is where people tie a knot with a piece of paper or cloth with their wish written down or thought in their mind and pray to nature so that their wishes would come true.

Visitors at the Mela will be able to tie their wishes for a better world on The Wishing Rail and play a part in creating this artwork. Look out for the Oxfam Volunteers at the Mela and make your wish for a better world.

An evening with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Waterman’s Arts Centre

An evening with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Waterman’s Arts Centre
Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

An evening of conversation and exchange with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan.

Representing the 7th generation of a musical lineage as sons and disciples of the sarod icon Amjad Ali Khan the duo carry forward their musical legacy in sync with both tradition and contemporary times.

The pair will discuss their music making and take questions from an intimate audience.

They will be joined in the discussion by guests ahead of their appearance at the London Mela at Gunnersbury Park on 1st September.

6pm, Friday 30 August, Waterman’s art centre, Brentford, London, TW8 0DS.

There are limited tickets available – please call the box office at Watermans for your free ticket – 020 8232 1010 or visit their website.

 

2013 line-up announced

2013 line-up announced
AS Kang

AS Kang playing on the main stage at this year’s London Mela

The London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor south Asian festival – returns to Gunnersbury Park, Acton, on Sunday 1 September.

This year the festival is set to be even bigger and better than ever, with nine zones including The Main Stage, The BBC Asian Network Mix Tent, The Classical Stage, The Magic Mela Family Area, spectacular Outdoor arts performances, Tastes of South Asia Food market, Funfair, craft and exhibitors market, plus a new sports area featuring Skype Cricket Nets and Sporting Equals.

Performing on the main stage his year:

AS Kang is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in the Punjabi music scene and the only Punjabi singer to have hit songs in 5 consecutive decades.

Bally Sagoo is regarded as one of the pioneers of the British Asian Music scene. His Bollywood remixes (Chura Liya, Mera Laung Gawacha) are refix classics and his collaboration with Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the album ‘Magic Touch’ brought him international fame.

Falak hails from Karachi, Pakistan and his debut single Rog was a massive hit. In 2012 he featured on the soundtrack for the film ‘7 Welcome to London’ receiving critical praise for his song ‘Tera Saath Ho’.

Nafees released his debut single ‘Mehmaan’ in 2011 which was massive. He followed this success by releasing ‘Bukhaar’ which went straight to Number 1 in the Official Asian Download Chart.

Arjun Singer-songwriter and producer Arjun was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the UK when he was 4 years old. From an early age, he learned to play the piano, guitar, saxophone and drums.

Raasmasters feat Absolute Bollywood Dancers Raas Masters is a collaboration between a team of UK producers and Indian singers and musicians led by UK Producer Jkeyz and India’s Harish Patel.

San2 At the age of 22 years old, San2 came from nowhere. His debut track ‘Nayo Lagda’ went straight to number 1 in the ITUNES world chart with its soulful qawwali vibe.