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The 10th annual Global Mela held at the Global Mall on
October 8 and 9 was a happy, fun filled time for the south
Asian communities of Georgia and other neighboring states.
The event attracted nearly 15,000 people, more than ever. As
promised in their public invitations, the event organizers
had arranged for lots of free fun filled activities
throughout the mall, with lively music, DJ and dhol. The
permanent vendors along with 20 booths in the corridor of
the mall offered high discounted goods.
The ‘Global Mela’ was inaugurated with the lighting of
the lamp by Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, along with Global
Mall owner Shiv Aggarwal. Mayor Johnson, in his address,
said he was happy to be at the event. “The Norcross
community is blessed to have you (Global Mall) in our
neighborhood,” he said and added, “thank you for being
an international gateway, and for participating in the
economy of Norcross”.
The Mela was also attended by Georgia State Senator Curt
Thompson on Saturday afternoon. Sen. Thompson enjoyed
tasting Indian ice-cream and visited all the booths and
appreciated the contributions of the Indian community to
Georgia and US at large.
Shiv Aggarwal was very happy with the turnout this year.
“The Global Mela was a great success with good wishes and
support from the public and media,” he told this reporter.
“We served 2,000 cotton candies, 2000 bags of popcorn and
1500 cups of snow cones to our visitors at no cost to them.
We also provided free face painting and thousands of free
balloons to children. For the first time ever in a South
Asian event in Atlanta, free pony rides were arranged, which
attracted more than 400 children. The five free floats
attracted more than 2,000 children”.
There were also free raffle tickets with prizes sponsored by
various vendors announced every hour, free mehendi patterns
done by Ruby Beauty and a free terracotta lamp-painting
booth. Cultural programs were organized on both days in the
afternoon with participants from the Academy of Kuchipudi
Dance, Kumud Savla’s Nritya Natya Kala Bharati, Absolute
Fitness, Prem Dance Studio, Sandeep Savla & Group
Musicians and other individuals.
Aggarwal was very delighted to mention that the two day
cultural programs and the Judo demonstration were immensely
applauded by the crowd.
He added, “Global Mall has been sponsoring Global Mela, a
family friendly event, every year as a means of thanking and
welcoming the south Asian community for supporting Global
Mall and its Indian cultural center.” He also expressed
his zeal in serving the South Asian community through Global
Mall by asserting that, “ With 150 employees, Global Mall
upbeat about prospering as the hub for the community in the
future years to come, as it has for the past 10 years” .
Ms. Kanchan a mother of two girls, who attends the festival
every year with her family said, “This year’s mela was
bigger than previous years and it is packed with people.
It’s fantastic with tons and tons of free fun and
activities for children, and, of course, the food court is
always a plus”.