The 17th Annual Global Mela was the largest ever attracting approximately over 20,000 community members at the Global Mall in Norcross, Georgia on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, 2018. This epic Mela is the largest free carnival event for the South Asian community in the Southeast, with over 50 booth vendors from all over the Southeast plus 60 stores from within the Global Mall. The owner of Global Mall, Mr. Shiv Aggarwal started this event 17 years ago to bring the community together to celebrate the rich heritage of the South Asian countries and this year he has successfully brought together the largest gathering of people from all over the Southeast to a fully free and fun-filled carnival weekend!
The 2-day event was kicked off with a warm welcome from Shiv Aggarwal and emcee Kiran Sethi with XtraHotDjs Entertainment. The dignitaries joined Shiv and his family in Lord Ganesh puja with a lamp lighting ceremony by Siddhi Vinayak Mandir’s pundit Gyan Prakash Upadhyay and Sadhana Mandir’s Pundit Acharya Ved Joshi.
The dignitary guests included the Indian Consul General in Atlanta, Hon. Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Georgia State Senate Candidate Mr. Matt Reeves, City of Norcross Mayor Craig Newton and Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard. Accompanying the dignitaries were the winners of the 2018 IACA Beauty Pageant – Miss India GA, Rati Sarkar, Miss Teen India GA, Tanvi Gujral and Mrs. India GA Sarika Datta.Dr.Kulkarni, effusively commented, “I am delighted to witness 17th Global Mela. The Indian goods, cultural performance etc. showcased here, gives one a glimpse of ‘Little India’. All the best for success of the event.”. The other dignitaries too expressed their thanks to Shiv and his family and delight in participating in the joyous Mela. After the dignitary guests were seated, they were enthralled by two scintillating dances to the popular songs ‘Kanha’ and a medley song‘Thade Rahiyo’ and Rash ke Qamar’
DJ Bobby from XtraHotDjs and his team heightened the mela’s ambience with feet tapping music and the latest Bollywood chartbusters! Live dhol players intensified the atmosphere playing in sync to Bollywood music and getting the crowd dancing to Bhangra.
At the entrance of the mall, inflatable obstacle courses, slides and a bounce house were set up for the children to play on the perfectly sunny October weekend.
People were enticed with the aroma of Ashiana’s delectable chat, samosa, pav bhaji, live – fusion Italian station and hakka noodle stations downstairs, while mouthwatering pani-puri and vada pavs were doing brisk business upstairs. The Global Mall food court was bustling all weekend with guests waiting in lines
Global Mall and Legacy Jewels sponsored a handful of free treats and activities for children and some young-at-heart adults, including free popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, and balloon artistry. On the second floor inside the Impact Conference Center, The Global Bazaar Exhibition had over 20 Indian apparel, jewelry and accessory booth vendors, and along the hallways of the mall, home décor, houseware, mehndi, arts and handicrafts, travel, insurance, education-services and non-profit vendors had set up their own tables and wares to serve throngs of visitors.
Every year, Global Mall & Legacy Jewels sponsors free raffle tickets and entrance gifts to all the attendees. Raffles are run every hour around the clock, and attendees get a chance to win prizes sponsored by Global Mall and Global Mall tenants. On Saturday and Sunday evening,
Global Mall family ran the Mega Prize Raffle with prizes donated by Global Mall tenants and management including a Kindle Fire and large flat screen TV.
The weekend-long cultural show was an added treat for the visitors! Lively entertainment was provided on both days by the young and talented students from Global Mall’s dance schools along with Atlanta based local artists who performed a variety of dance, songs and music items.
In addition to dance and music, the children were in for a treat with an enchanting magic show conducted both Saturday and Sunday followed by a special kids- only raffle with fun-filled goody bags with toy and treats and stuffed animals.
Global Mall Clothing and Jewelry tenant presented a magnificent glamorous fashion show, This year’s Global Mela’s fashion show was once again a super hit!
About The Global Mall
Well-known and respected Global Mall owner, social activist and philanthropist Shiv Aggarwal commented, “Global Mela is our way of thanking the community for supporting Global Mall and our Indian cultural center. I would like to thank all the tenants, the vendors and the raffle-prize donors. I wish to thank the media, Photography by Vinod, XtraHotDJ’s, the Global Mall staff and volunteers, especially Lynn Rich and Aarti Aggarwal for leading the planning efforts and for everyone’s hard work and continuous support. Thank you to the Norcross Police Department for well-deserved compliments for manning the large crowds and parking. Finally, I would like to thank my entire family for their unbounding help and support in organizing this event. I am happy that the attendance at the Mela is increasing each year and we are able to make Global Mela the cornerstone for future events!”
Photos by: Vinod Devlia
Photos by: Hakim’s Studio