Take a taste of India July 7

By on May 30, 2018

John Protopapas played the Indian sitar at the Mela Indian American Fusion Community Festival last July. (LNP file photos)


The annual Mela festival will take place Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., on July 7 from 2 to 8 p.m.

The word mela in Sanskrit means, “to meet or gather.” It is also used synonymously with “fair.” The festival is the brainchild of Satish Dwivedi, a resident of Lititz, and an audio technician for Clair Global.

Associated with this gathering are entertainers, merchants, a food court, and fine art demonstrations, with fun, free things to do for all ages. Attendees will be able to experience Indian-American culture hands-on through various activities.

Although the event is free to attend, an RSVP is requested at iafglorg@gmail.com with the number of individuals attending. Walk-ins are welcome but prior registration is preferred to help food vendors prepare for the day.

Ruchi Patel applies henna art on a client’s hand and wrist at last
year’s Mela festival in Lititz Springs Park.

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    July 13, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Mela this yr – 2018 was an utter disaster. Poor organization ruled the day. Substandard performances were the order of the day. Between acts there were huge gaps as several of the regular performers had pulled out. The performers only used the extreme right side of the stage, something to do with the sound system?
    For lack of entertainers they relied on a Har Krishna group as fill-ins. They performed for nearly an hour chanting, ‘Hare Krishna’ but dancing to no particular rhythm. It was noticed a smatter of whites on the edges of the audience were seen leaving. The skeleton audience of Indians were mainly family come to support the performers.
    There were far fewer vendors than previous years and there were not many takers at the food stall.
    To observers it was mainly a religious Hindoo worship assembly held in a public park .

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