My First Mela

I attended my very first UK Mela at the tender old age of eighteen in the summer of 1988. Negotiating oversized Rajasthani string marionette puppets through St. Pancras Station whilst guiding a bicycle, carrying a costume, parathas and rucksack, turned a few heads. Mela legend Parbinder Singh, a youth co-coordinator and cultural activist from NottinghamContinue reading “My First Mela”

London Mela is COMING HOME

The 2018 ZEE London Mela, a colourful kaleidoscope of music, dance and culture will take place for the very first time in Southall Park, the very heart of Europe’s oldest Asian community. This year marks the festival’s 16th gathering and is set to be an absolute classic. Last year’s festival was a tough act toContinue reading “London Mela is COMING HOME”

BBC’s Pump Up the Bhangra to have London premiere at ZEE London Mela

ZEE London Mela is delighted to be screening the London premiere of the BBC’s new documentary Pump Up the Bhangra: The Sound of Asian Britain on Saturday 18 August. This is the story of how British Asians came of age as they found their voice and celebrated their identity through Bhangra music. And of Southall’sContinue reading “BBC’s Pump Up the Bhangra to have London premiere at ZEE London Mela”