ananda mela: joyful festival of india

A free festival on the Redmond City Hall campus Friday July 29th from 7-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, from 12 noon to 9 pm.

Organized by the Vedic Cultural Center (VCC), the festival drew over 15,000 attendees at its first festival last summer. This year, Ananda Mela aims to be even bigger and has added a Friday evening concert to launch the festival.

Latha Sambamurti, Artistic Director of Ananda Mela said “The programs range from classical and folk arts to contemporary forms. From the contemplative, soul-satisfying classical music and dance, to the extroverted, highly danceable modern music.” The festival opener on Friday features a rare performance by Rhythms of Rajasthan, a troupe of hereditary artists, and the Saturday evening feature presentation is the audience favorite Delhi 2 Dublin.

Delicious food will be one of the attractions; the festival will offer a great variety of cuisines from across India to taste. Cooking demos by expert chefs are also planned. There will also be many booths offering an irresistible shopping experience. There will be magic shows, educational games, rides and activities for children because the festival aims to attract and engage attendees of all ages.

Over 150 volunteers of the VCC, in partnership with numerous community- and arts organizations in the Seattle area work to produce Ananda Mela. Free parking is available at the City Hall garage, at the surface lot east of the parking garage (bordering 160th Ave NE), and at the Opportunity Building parking lot on 158th Ave NE just south of NE 85th Street. More information is available at www.anandamela.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook/com/AnandaMela. Watch a video trailer of Ananda Mela on YouTube.