Title - Mela Stage
Mela Stage
For one day only, this event provides a special opportunity to sample the best of Bengali inspired traditional and contemporary music and dance. The Mela Stage in Weavers Fields will host a unique mix of international and UK- based artists hosted by MCs Ronnie Mirza and Mahbub Hussain from BBC Asian Network.

Headline acts on the Mela stage include Baby Naznin whose great stage presence and her star quality has inspired a loyal and ever-growing fan base both at home in Bangladesh and internationally. Also from Bangladesh, Sylhet are folk singers Birohi Kala Miah, Baul Anu Sharker, Mriganka Goswami and Shahana Akter. UK based Mumzy Stranger with Junai Kaden and SH8T will perform alongside local artists including the ever popular folk singer Hashi Rani Sunayan Choudhury, Rowshanara Moni. Don’t miss a medley group performance led by Himangshu Goswami plus much more.

The Taal Torongo children and adult group will be performing colourful folk and traditional dance, with a solo performance from child star Manzil Qurashi.

And for some more modern moves, stick around to watch Showmi Das dance group.

Channel S Superstar Search
Channel S are at the forefront of the emerging Bangladeshi Music scene in the UK. Constantly on the search for new talent, they launched the Superstar Search in 2010 and having been scouring the British Isles for the next big thing! We are delighted to welcome them to the Weavers Fields stage at the 2011 Mela for a special one-off performance

Coming soon... full line up in pdf format.

BBC Asian Network Station Wagon
Look out for national digital radio station BBC Asian Network’s Station Wagon (a renovated and super-charged former Ambulance!) for the best in Bengali, Bollywood, Bhangra and Hip-Hop and Grime MC talent served up by the BBC Asian Network leading Asian DJ line-up.

"Kayper is the best female DJ I have ever seen in my whole life!" DJ Jazzy Jeff

Running Order: BBC Asian Network Station Wagon

12.00 - 14.00 BBC Asian Network Live
14.00 - 15.30 Shawkat Hashmi
15.30 - 16.30 Sonny Ji 
16.30 - 17.30 DJ Kayper
17.30 - 19.00 Kan-D-Man & Limelight

How to get involved
Trading for this event has now closed.
We're looking for new partners to help us deliver this event. If you want to get involved please email mela@baishakhimela.org.uk
This year's programme is already complete.
Want to take part? Join us for a free arts workshop at the Ideas Store Whitechapel on Saturday 7th May between 2pm and 4pm.
If you are group / school wishing to take part please email info@baishakhimela.org.uk
If you have a general enquiry or want to find out more about how you can get involved in this exciting event please email mela@baishakhimela.org.uk
How to get involved
This year's vibrant procession will be created by locally based company Medialink who will be working with local schools, community groups and artists in the lead up to the event.

Glorious and glittering floats will feature aspects of Bangladeshi life, from the poignant reminder of the struggle for change through the miniature Shaheed Minar monument, to a celebration of the joyous occasion that is a traditional Bengali wedding. Accompanying the floats will be dancers, musicians and local schools and community groups.

If you are a school or group that would like to be involved please email info@baishakhimela.org.uk

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