Headline acts confirmed for the mela

Headline acts for the largest celebration of the Bengali New Year outside of Bangladesh have now been confirmed.

Tower Hamlets Council will be hosting this year’s A Baishakhi Mela in Banglatown Brick Lane on Sunday, May 8, at Weavers Fields and Brick Lane.

Organised by the Council in close collaboration with community groups, the event attracts an audience of more than 100,000 from all over the country.

Revellers will have the chance to listen to the best of Bengali inspired traditional and contemporary music and dance.

The main stage will host a mix of international and UK- based artists hosted by MCs Ronnie Mirza and Mahbub Hussain from BBC Asian Network.

Headline acts include Baby Naznin, folk singers Birohi Kala Miah, Baul Anu Sharker, Mriganka Goswami and Shahana Akter.

UK based artist Mumzy Stranger, Junai Kaden and SH8T will perform alongside local artists including popular folk singers Hashi Rani Sunayan Choudhury and Rowshanara Moni.

Satellite broadcaster, Channel S will present a special show, featuring the best talent from the UK in their Superstar Search.

The mela starts at 12noon. For more information visit www.baishakhimela.org.uk

April 21, 2011