Monday, August 16, 2004

London Mela 2004

Had a wonderful day at the London Asian Mela in Gunnersbury Park yesterday - henna tattooing; massages; face painting; Kathak dance workshops; pickles and chutneys for sale; pakoras, idlis, dosas and kulfi ice cream to eat; spiced orange juice to drink.

There was lots of music, from classical raags and folk music to bhangra and saccharine Asian pop.

The smallest stage produced the loudest and rawest sounds - hardcore, underground Asian rap and drum & base. Hosted by DJs Bobby Friction and Nihal, we danced to Sonik Gurus, Nasha Crew, Raghev, Twilight Players and Envy Soundclash. Handpounding stonking tunes that brought trouble as Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian kids tried to out do each other with their fists, feet and flags. The police presence in the crowd was phenomenal.

It took two hours to get out of the car park (more fool us for taking the car) - yet a wonderful meal of Jamaican curried chicken and rice at Ochi Caribbean in Shepherds Bush made up for it.

Other links today:

To me, the NYC visual landscape is synonymous with fire escapes (reg req)
I love mandalas

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