EXCLUSIVE BY REPORTER RAHUL LAUD Two young British Indian women Mira Salat and Pritee Varsani have organised the UK’s biggest cultural exhibition showcasing the State of Gujarat.
The aim of the ‘Rangeelu Gujarat – The Glorious State’ event was to strengthen the UK’s relationship with Gujarat through greater understanding of its cultural identity.
More than 30,000 visitors from across the UK attended the two day event held in partnership with Brent Council at Fryent Country Park London. The event celebrated Gujarati Arts including literature, food, fashion, music, dance, tourism and much more. Guests were also able to walk through the streets of haggle alley, following the rich aromas of street food. Events included folk dancers, interactive workshops, mud works and stand up comedy. The event also saw the recreation of famous architecture and the history of the state.
Red Lotus Events director and organiser Mira Salat said: “It has been a roller coaster ride trying to break the stereotype of a Gujarati event. It was an absolute honour welcoming the youth to Rangeelu Gujarat.There was a platform for people to learn Gujarati culture without any caste, community or religious barriers. The amount of support we received from the audience was immeasurable. Through the wind and rain visitors held tight to their umbrellas eager to see the next performance! From kids to adults there was something for everyone. which created a pride in ones’ heart of being Gujarati.”
Pritee Varsani also adirector of Red Lotus Events and organiser said: “There was great vibe, great atmosphere. Rangeelu Gujarat is a cultural movement for us and we need to make sure we hold the culture here in the UK.”
Meanwhile the leader of Brent Council Cllr Muhammed Butt said: “I am extremely proud that we managed to bring the diverse culture of the Gujarat region and showcased the many artistic talents of the people. This cultural event showed what we can do when we come together for the benefit of our communities to build bridges of unity and harmony. I would like to see more of these events from all our communities.”