23 August 2021
Sharma attends Reading Mela Festival

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament of Reading West, attended Reading Mela Festival in Palmer Park on Sunday 22 August.

The history of Mela is a long and colourful one. The word ‘Mela’ originates from ancient language ‘Sanskrit’ which meant ‘To Meet’. Mela in common language means ‘Festival’. Melas were an opportunity for families and communities to come together to celebrate cultural and artistic events, it features mix of music, food and fun of the fair.

Reading Mela is an annual event that celebrates the music, art and culture of South Asia. The first Reading Mela was organised in 2016 and since then has developed into one of the most significant and well attended South Asian event in Berkshire. This is an excellent opportunity for various communities in Berkshire, irrespective of ethnic background, to come together in family friendly environment and enjoy a day out.

Alok took to the stage to address the attendees and spoke of his appreciation to cultural events such as the Reading Mela Festival in bringing communities together.

Alok said:

Congratulations Aradhana Singh and team for another brilliantly organised Reading Mela! Lovely to see so many people coming out of the Covid hibernation of the past 18 months and enjoying the company of family & friends in the glorious Sunday sunshine.”

Alok Reading Mela Festival organisers

Alok Sharma with Reading Mela Festival organisers

Alok on the Dodgems (Photo by Paul King)

Alok on the Dodgems (Photo by Paul King)