Celebrating Leith and North Edinburgh Edinburgh Mela 2010
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Something for Every One of You: Edinburgh Mela 2010 Hazel and Sarah of Pulse of the Place in red and black seated on a cannon, with Louise Marshall Millington (centre) raising their glasses after an evening's musical performance

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Dance Ihayami is a Scottish based Indian dance company with its aesthetic roots in South Indian dance, in its classical and modern forms.

Artistic Director and Chief choreographer Priya Shrikumar leads this multi national company of dancers. Founded in August 2003 (as successor to Dance India Scotland, founded in 1998).

Edinburgh's Dance Ihayami web site >>>
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (pictured right) >>>

Line of four women dancers in stooping  and reaching pose Dancer in purple costume in a kneeling pose with left leg extended Left <<<: Dance Ihayami.
Right >>>: Dance Ihayami.
Four women dancers in a kneeling pose resting their heads on their hands and smiling The 16th Edinburgh Mela Festival ran from August 6th to 8th, and after several years of wandering, finally arrived at its new home on Leith Links.

Leith and North presents pictures from the Saturday and Sunday of the Mela. Artists featured include Edinburgh's Dance Ihayami School, Jaipur Kawa Circus, Swaryatra, Pif Paf performing "Trunk", and Iron Oxide performing the spectacular specially commissioned show, "Cargo".

Smiling man with flyers and a collecting tin Two men playing guitars with two women singing between them Left <<<: Two small children lying on their grandfather's back as they listen to G Band warm up.
Right >>>: G Band performing on the Garden Stage on Sunday.
Three men dancing with woman in orange top  watching and laughing Above ^^^: Garden stage hosts G-Town Desi keep the audience entertained in between acts, as stage manager Yasmine Bushby watches on

GTown Desi web site >>>

Woman in a pink shirt talking on her mobile Giant yellow barrel with two people sitting on top of it and others gathered round Left <<<: Garden Stage Manager and star belly dancer Yasmain Bushby.
Right >>>: Iron Oxide in rehearsal for their afternoon show.
A woman gets out of a crash simulator as men eating takeaway food watch on

Above ^^^: A member of Lothian and Borders Police community safety team demonstrates the importance of wearing a seat belt

Laughing man barbequeing chicken tikka Leopard pring platform heels Left <<<: Shana all the way from Wembley.
Right >>>: A shoe stall in the market area.
Six men in purple tunics and white breeches with brass and drums with the lead trumpeter dancing Man playing the trombone to two children in a buggy Three men playing a trumpet, a clarinet and a trombone Left <<<: Member of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band on one of their walkabouts.
Right >>>: Three members of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.

Jaipur Kawa music web site >>>

Two women in black and red costumes dancing with veils back to back outside Hotel Malmaison Smiling woman in black and yellow showing children plates of spices Painting of women looking  at stones  along a representation of the Water of Leith Left <<<: Herbs and spices on display in the Forest Workshop.
Right >>>: Detail of the Community painting involving Sikh Sanjog.

Below: Six panel Community painting produced as part of Mela Festival's year long Engage project, this year  taking up the theme of "Feast for the Senses".

Funded by Scottish Natural Heritage & Forestry Commission Scotland the project incorporated outdoor trips , food foraging and arts activities, involving different intergenerational, multicultural groups, and took place from March through June 2010.

Parents and young children in front of the communal panaorama  some 20  metres long by  1.5 metres  high

Acts not featured here included Jaz Dhami (winner of Best Male at the 2010 Brit Asia Awards), Taz (Stereo Nation), Ceol Mor, from Aberdeen, the Patiala Pipe Band (from Lahore), the Manushi Dance Company (Kathak dancers from North India), the Lothian and Borders Police Choir and - featured last year - the Zawadi Choir (from Edinburgh's Africa Centre and Leith's very own Pulse of the Place sanba band.

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