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Fair marks start of Diwali celebrations

Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 4:49 pm by Nikki Hallur

Diwali mela in Bradley Stoke on Sunday 8th November 2015.

Sunday 8th November saw the return of a Diwali mela, or fair, which was held in Bradley Stoke’s Jubilee Centre to celebrate the coming of the Hindu ‘festival of lights’. This time the fair was organised by the Indian Arts and Culture Group (IAACG) which is run by Sheetal Vanka and Sangeeta  Dewan and started around five months ago. Sheetal and Sangeeta headed the hot food stall, offering delicious home-cooked dishes for £4 per plate. Sheetal Vanka has a lot of experience in cooking authentic Indian food, as she and her husband are the owners of Ganesha, a highly rated Indian restaurant in Bedminster (details can be found at Sheetal has been friends with fellow organiser, Sangeeta for more than ten years and Sangeeta is also well-known in the community: she is a broadcaster for BCFM (93.2 FM) and BBC Radio Bristol, where her shows can be heard on Sundays.

Other food stalls that were popular at the event  included the snack stall headed by Praveena Jaiswal, a local mum with two children who runs a catering business from home providing  dinner boxes and Indian ‘chaat’ snacks for takeaway within Bradley Stoke. Praveena has a growing list of local customers who collect her home-cooked meals on a regular basis to save time on cooking or simply because they love Indian meals (those interested in ordering can reach her on 07435 565131). Praveena says that although she does have many Indian customers, a lot of English customers order from her too. On the sweet stall were Shalini and Ambika, selling Indian sweets such as Gulab Jamuns, Kaju Peda, Mysore Paak and more, from as little as 50p.

Henna was available at two stands, and there was also an Avon stand run by Shirin Borgall from Patchway; a Forever Living stand was manned by John Underhill and an Arbonne stand run by Vivien Barton selling skincare and nutrition products. There were also clothing shops that had brought their fabrics and products for display, such as New Look Shop in Fishponds which sells Asian clothes and jewellery, and Moghul Emporium, selling pashminas and other beautiful fabrics, run by Memona Taras. Moghul Emporium is currently setting up an online service at; the managing director, Memona, said she was born in Bristol and raised her children here, and has seen “massive changes with boundaries breaking down”.  She said her brand is “for all backgrounds”.  One of the henna artists, Devyani Patel, is a retired University of Bristol biochemist. Devyani says she is an academic by profession but after retiring she has made her love of art into a business, providing bridal henna (mehndi parties) as well as nail art and hair braiding for birthdays and other parties. She lives in Langford and her business expertise has drawn people mainly through word of mouth. She can be reached on 07792 912058.

More: Photos from the Diwali mela in Bradley Stoke »

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Diwali celebration returns to the Town Square

Posted on Thursday 4th November 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Diwali Dancer

The South West’s Asian community will be heading to Bradley Stoke once more on Saturday (6th November 2010) to celebrate Diwali in the Town Square.

Radio Mast FM, an Asian radio channel in the South West, is staging a repeat of its highly-successful 2009 event, to mark the Indian “festival of light”.

The theme of the event is “Diwali at Little India”, which aims to recreate an Indian market setting on Diwali day.

Indian jewellery stalls

The market will feature stalls selling Indian Diwali sweets, Indian designer jewellery and Indian fashion, with beauty stalls offering henna painting and Indian eyebrow shaping.

Further market stalls will be selling Bollywood CDs and DVDs, fireworks for Diwali and Diwali Divas (Indian candle holders for Diwali).

The numerous food stalls will include Krishna’s Inn, from Clifton, selling “food from God’s own country” and Curry in a Hurry, specialising in Mughlai delicacies.

On stage, the organisers have lined up live performances by Indian traditional dancers, Bhangra Dhol players and dancers, singers and the band Goldie.

Read on for more details of the acts and the day’s schedule »

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Town Square to host Diwali celebrations

Posted on Thursday 15th October 2009 at 8:49 am by SH (Editor)

Asian Dancers

The Asian community in the South-West will be celebrating Diwali in Bradley Stoke’s Town Square this coming weekend.

Radio Mast FM, an Asian radio channel in the South-West, is staging a road show on Saturday afternoon (17th October) to mark the occasion of Diwali (festival of light) – celebrated by Hindus all over the world.

The theme of the event is “Diwali at Little India” and the organisers are promising live performances by Indian traditional dancers, Bhangra Dhol players and dancers, singers and non-stop Bollywood sounds by Radio Mast FM DJs.

Diwali RangoliThe on-stage action will be accompanied by an Indian market in the Town Square featuring Indian Diwali sweet stalls, Indian designer jewellery, Indian clothing and make-up artists, henna painting, Indian eyebrow shaping, Indian guru fortune telling, Bollywood CDs & DVDs, fireworks for Diwali and Diwali Divas (Indian candle holders for Diwali).

A bouncy castle and face painting stall will keep the younger children entertained.

The event begins at 12.30 pm and will end with a grand finale around sunset, when traditional candles will be lit around the Town Square accompanied by a performance of the Indian Dandiya Raas (stick dance).

Radio Mast FM can be heard online 24/7 on The station, currently based on the Fishponds Road in Bristol, has hopes of gaining a digital broadcasting (DAB) licence for the South Gloucestershire area.

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