A Mela Deal of Bhangra, Balti and Bollywood; THIS Week Is All about Celebrating Everything That Is Great about British Asian Culture. from Bhangra to Baltis, the Vast Contribution Made to Modern Life by the Asian Community Is Being Highlighted
Byline: KERRY BEADLING
THIS week is all about celebrating everything that is great about British Asian culture. From bhangra to baltis, the vast contribution made to modern life by the Asian community is being highlighted. And the celebration culminates on Friday with the huge three-day Mela event at the NEC, where everything from the hottest Bollywood stars and Asian-influenced music to traditional cuisine is featured. KERRY BEADLING kicks off our week-long series looking at British Asian Week.
WHEN Coventry woman Dal Banwait was given the opportunity to organise a celebration of British Asian culture she made sure her home city was represented.
Former Finham Park pupil Dal, has helped put together the threeday Mela at Birmingham's NEC.
The event kicks off on Friday and is the culmination of next week's first ever British Asian week which the 32-year-old, of Ridgeway Avenue, Styvechale, wanted to see off in style.
Bollywood stars Kajol and Ajay Devgan and heart-throb Saif Ali Khan will be there, along with comedian Paul Chowdry as well stalls on Asian fashion, food and business icons sharing their advice about how to make it in the worlds of music, business, film and sport.
Among the stars will be Pudsey Bear for charity Children in Need who is getting the Bollywood treatment.
Coventry restaurants and fashion homes are taking part in the event and the Herbert Gallery has sent over one of its exhibits especially for it.
Dal, who works for Clarion Events at Birmingham NEC, is expecting 20,000 people to turn up to the event.
She said: "I started off organising friends' parties and weddings and decided to set up my own business in event management and then this post came up at the NEC.
"I wanted to bring Asian events to it, and being Asian myself I thought it was something the NEC could really pick up on. …