Mini-India Draws Thousands for Village India & Experience Gujarat Festival
More than 10,000 people attended the three-day event, and enjoyed music ranging from traditional folk, jazz fusion to contemporary Asian pop and bhangra, ate traditional Eastern food and marvelled at a 20ft-high replica of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal was among hundreds of props and items decorating the village that were specially commissioned and created in India, including twenty village huts from Rajasthan, furniture, ceramics, utensils, and fabrics.
Organisers said they were delighted to be able to attract thousands of people to the event, which had two parts: Village India in the grounds of De Montfort Hall, and Experience Gujarat a series of traditional folk concerts indoors in the auditorium.Aishwarya Majmudar, 15, winner of musical reality tv show ‘Star Voice of India’ wowed fans with her voice and the international line-up included Hemant Chauhan, Ashit and Alaap Desai, Sai Ram Dave, Indus Ensemble, Arun Ghosh Sextet ,Partiv Gohil. Tigerstyle, Jazzy B, SukshinderShinda and Radio 1 DJ Bobby Friction as part of 52 music and dance concerts in total.
MP for Leicester, Keith Vaz said:“I am overwhelmed with the level of planning and investment the organisers, World Sense Experience, have shown with this event. Everyone should now really get behind the event and make it a permanent fixture for Leicester”.
The festival was also attended by theIndianState of Gujarat’s Senior Minister for Revenue, Roads and Buildings, Disaster Management, Women and Child Welfare Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel who flew in to Leicester for three days to attend the event.