June 25, 2008

Thousands Brave the Rain to Enjoy Glasgow’s Mela


SEVERAL thousand people turned out for Glasgow's multicultural Mela festival yesterday, despite the wet weather.

The numbers were considerably down on last year 's event as rain kept many families indoors. However the thousands who attended enjoyed an eclectic mix of music, dance and food from around the world, with acts performing on two stages in Kelvingrove Park.

Among the performers were the Desi Bravehearts, a Bollywood dance group of young people from Scottish, Indian, Pakistani and Chinese origins who performed on both stages throughout the day. Taster sessions of yoga, massage and music workshops were available, and radio and television presenter Shareen Nanjiani and writer and actor Sanjeev Kohli held a discussion for young people interested in a career in the media. Jay Gill, from Busby, and her daughters, Priya, nine, and Roma, eight, were among the families who joined in the fun.

Mr Gill said: "Sadly the weather has put a bit of a dampener on it this year. The acts we saw were still very good and the girls have won some prizes at the fairground stalls so they are happy."

The Mela, organised by the Scottish Academy of Asian Arts and culture and Sport Glasgow, has grown to attract as many as 25,000 in recent years.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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