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The Great Mela

The Great Mela

Event Date & Time

25 & 26 November 2016
@02.00 pm Onwards

Event Location

Dubai Media City

The Great Mela

Music, dance, and performances are the cornerstones of civilization.

Ours is a land of diverse cultures and ethnicities,; yet it is common to see people from different walks of life come together to celebrate life through the year.

The Great Mela is a reflection of this oneness, this celebration. It seeks to bring together minds, emotions, colours, and festivities by showcasing talent from multiple fields and creating powerful experiences for one and all.

Revel in all the good things life has to offer through the language of music, food, culture, emotion, and freedom.

Because,life is a mela.



Vidya is an Indian-born American, who loves to travel, eat, and sing. She was born in Chennai and raised in Virginia. Vidya began learning Carnatic classical music at a very young age, and has had several amazing gurus throughout her musical journey, including D.K. Nagarajan, brother of the late D.K. Pattamal.While pursuing her Psychology degree at George Washington University, Vidya began creating YouTube videos, which gave her a window of opportunity she had never dreamed of.She’s currently learning Hindustani Classical and taking Western voice lessons. Vidya performs regularly as a vocalist for the Shankar Tucker Band. She has performed at some amazing venues around the world, including the White House, NCPA, and Webster Hall.

Vidya has performed at numerous festivals, including the Festivals Des Artes in Reunion Island, MERU in Netherlands, and INK Women.

Vidya started posting Bollywood + Western pop mashups on herYouTube channela year ago. The songs quickly gained popularity,and she now has over 30 million views! Vidya’s mashups have gained recognition from the likes of Diplo, Major Lazer,and Hrithik Roshan, as well as publications such as Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, The Hindu, and Deccan Chronicle.She is currently working on a solo EP, with original songs and compositions.

Vidya Vox

Thaikkuam Bridge

Easily the crowd favourite, Thaikkudam Bridge has built itself song after song
into one of the most respected bands in India today with a facebok following of
over 5.5 million fans.

Discovered by the celebrated indie music show ‘Music Mojo’ on Kappa TV,they’ve performed all over the map – with exclusive tours in Australia, US, UK, UAE and New Zealand to name a few.

A mixed bag of genres, Thaikkudam Bridge belongs to India’s diversity, which is
perhaps why their music is rooted everywhere. Having excelled in original compositions, film scores and covers, they’re all set to release their much awaited debut album ‘Navarasam’ (launched by Mathrubhumi Music) comprising 9 originals this October 2015.

Thaikkudam Bridge

DJ Tarun

With vast knowledgein remixing and beats &breaks, TARUN SETHI (a.k.a DJ TARUN)began his careerat age 13. Tarun hasover 10 years of experience in the industry;he has achieved fame composing the quality of turntable funk that is unmatched in the industry.

Tarun’s sets are known for creating a stimulating vibe, a progressive mix like no other. He’s a true master behind the decks and has been a highly decorated battle DJ for many years;Tarun is also a wizard atflawlessly combining the energy and passion of diverse genres of music.

His skillin fusing the best contemporary hip-hop, party classics, and Bollywood musichave earned him a place among thefinest Indian DJs in London. He is a mentor to aspiring DJsand has performed in the most popular nightclubs over the world.

DJ Tarun

Kabir Cafe

Kabir is a timeless mystic who didn’t believe in boundaries. His words ring true even six centuries later, and they are being woven into something just as boundless, music, by Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café. Performing only the verses of Kabir, the band uses pop, reggae, rock, folk fusion and Carnatic flavours in their quest to make Kabir’s verses comprehensible through contemporary music to the rest of the world that is alienated from traditional Kabir folk music.
Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe has Neeraj Arya on vocals and rhythm guitars, Mukund Ramaswamy on violin, Raman Iyer on Mandolin, Viren Solanki on Percussions and Poubuanpou Britto KC on bass guitar presenting the poetry of Kabir in a musically interesting fashion without compromising its lyrical beauty. Having played over 475 gigs across the lengths and breadths of India, the band recently released their debut album ‘Panchrang –Musical Echoes of Kabir’, which has 12 of their most colourful renditions of Kabir, amidst much fanfare.

Kabir Cafe

DJ Miki Love

Miki Love is the most popular DJane of Romania. Sexy image, combined with great music and expertise behind adesk transforms her into a complete artist, for which each party should be memorable. She is playing house music with influences: electro, progressive, funky, hip-hop & RnB , mash up and the fresh remixes of retro hits (80-90’s).
She started in February 2007, in one of the most important clubs in Bucharest, Club Princess. Shortly thereafter, receives invitations from the most important clubs in the capital and the provinces. Register quickly a huge success and has the opportunity to perform in over 400 clubs in the country, and shared the scene with names like September, ATB or SESA(Sharon Philipps -The singer of the hit “Like this like that”).
Nationally success is doubled in the coming years receiving invitations from clubs abroad, even managing to undertake major tournaments.In November 2009 launch,at Pro FM, the first single, “Black Pussy” (Black Cat), release that gets rave reviews from fans and the Romanian media.
Also, the material recorded a success in Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Bulgaria, Britain and France.
A second single, “Wanna Be a DJ” is taking shape at the end of 2010 and get public appreciation. Moreover, the release went to number 11 on Maks Chart Show, top broadcast Maks FM (Russia). “Mari” and “Shake” are the latest singles signed Miki Love, songs with strong electro/progressive influences,tracks more appreciated in the media field.
Summer of 2011 and 2012 gives Miki Love the opportunity to mix in a series of parties in Spain, at the club Moef Gaga,where she mix in front of over 1500 clubbers of different nationalities. Also support a successful tournament in Indonesia, Italy and Albania.
Over the years, Miki Love was invited to the most important radios in the country and works successfully even with televisions. From April 2011 she joins Dance Fm team and can be heard every Friday evening at 21:00, within its own show on 89.5 FM or www.dancefm.

DJ Miki Love

Sandeep Thakur

Sandeep Thakur comes from a western classical circuit. He has rendered his talent to the likes of A. R. Rahman, Salim-Sulieman, Mithoon, Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal Shekhar, Amit Trivedi et al for a number of Bollywood songs and background scores.

The forte for this violinist lies in him creating a soothing lounge ambiance for any event through his repertoire of calm backing tracks, both Hindi as well as English makes him one of the most sorted out performers for Classy higher end weddings and corporate meets.

Sandeep Thakur


True to their name, Avial (a mixed-vegetable delicacy) blends Malayalam Poetry with Contemporary Alternative Rock Music.

With elements of Indie Rock and Folk Music underlying an electronic feel, Avial’s music has overcome language barriers not only in India but is also drawing fans across the sub-continent and the globe. It has an increasing fan following, with a revolutionary approach in today’s contemporary music scene in India.

•Fetching a great name for them selves, Avial is one of the most sought after Indian bands today, transcending genres, justifying the term “Alternative Malayalam Rock”


Raghu Dixit

Raghu Dixit has become a shining beacon in the burgeoning Indian independent music scene. Raghu’s debut self-titled album went on to become India’s highest selling non-film music release. Having toured the UK successfully for over 3 years, he has quickly won hearts and minds wherever he has played. Raghu is also India’s first indie artist who has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony ATV.

With a towering voice fronting traditional Indian folk music, which is subtly infused with elements of Western Rock, Arabic, Latino and Reggae textures and rhythms, Raghu’s music transcends national borders and whatever language he sings in he always gets audiences singing and dancing with joy.

Raghu has always said that it is his country, the Indian people, the colours, fragrances, food and languages that have helped to influence and shape his music. This influence can be seen on stage with the band adorning colourful Lungis(sarongs), anklets and beads. With over 600 shows under their belt, the band has become an explosive live act bringing an entirely new genre to the forefront of the Indian music community. He is now taking that music on to the world stage.

Raghu Dixit

Amit Trivedi

Before AT began his Bollywood career, he has dabbled in stage shows and Gujarati plays, and even composed the background score for a daily TV show.

Amit was introduced to the electronic keyboard at a very young age, which laid the foundation for his musical career. He was initial heavily influenced by the work of music composer Anu Malik. However, it was the genius of AR Rahman that truly shaped his career. Amit got his first big break when he composed 18 songs for the film Dev D. The release of Dev D changed the course of not only Amit’s career but also the sound of Bollywood music.

Amit has given music to films such as Aamir, Udaan, Aisha, No One Killed Jessica, Chillar Party, Trishna, Ishaqzaade, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, English Vinglish, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Kai Po Che!, Bombay Talkies, Lootera, Queen, Bombay Velvet, Shandaar, and Fitoor; he has also composed the unforgettable Iktara from Wake Up Sid.

Amit has received numerous awards, including the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent in 2009. However, the one that holds a special place in his heart is the National Award he won for Best Music for Dev D in 2009.

Amit Trivedi


Shankar Tucker

Jomy George


40+ stall with different cuisines from India and all over to tingle your taste buds

From aloo chat to kaababs ,vadapav to burgers, Masala papad to pizzas find every thing under one roof this November at the great mela


40+ Stalls with handmade artifacts from Indian and online stores from Dubai.

The bazaar will include artifacts and handmade items which are not commonly available to the masses. We aim to approach people. . .


It’s not only about the Music, Food and art at the great mela, it’s the overall experience. Time to spend with loved ones and engage in fun activities together. Weather you are a musician, singer, artist yourself there is something for everyone at the great mela.


The entertainment would comprise various genres of music to create a fascinating mix of cultural and non-conventional music to appeal to all audiences. The artists at The Great Mela are highly established and vastly popular within their respective genres, coming together on one common stage. . .



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The venue will open at 2:00pm.


Exact set times will be posted at a later date prior to the show


No. Any sort of unapproved promotion is not allowed. Additionally, we’re trying to produce less trash/waste. Try promoting via email or social media.


No. The Great Mela trademark, intellectual property, passes and wristbands may not be used for advertising, promotions, contests, sweepstakes or any commercial purpose without written authorization from the show’s producers.


Yes. All vendors accept cash.


No. There will be separate toilets for  men and women around the venue.




Passes will be on sale in the month of September.


NO Audio Recording Devices
NO Balloons, Balls, Inflatable Balls, Frisbees
NO Bicycles
NO Bota Bags
NO Caution Tape/Rope
NO Chains/Chain Wallets
NO Coolers
NO Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
NO Drones, Remote Control Aircraft, Toys or Cars
NO Fireworks/Explosives/Flammable Liquids
NO Flags
NO Golf Carts, Dune Buggies, Electronic/Motorized Scooters
NO Hover Boards, Segways, Self Balance Wheels
NO Large Misters
NO Laser Pointers
NO Metal Water Bottles
NO Musical Instruments
NO Outside Food or Beverage
NO Pets
NO Professional Cameras/Video Cameras
NO Selfie Sticks
NO Spray Paint/Giant Markers
NO Squirt Guns
NO Tents
NO Umbrellas (beach, rain, etc.)
NO Weapons of any Kind (Includes Guns, Ammo, Pocket Knives, Pepper Spray, etc.)
NO Wagons or Wheeled Carts

YES Backpacks (medium)
YES Blankets (small)
YES Cigarettes (unopened)
YES Chairs (low back)
YES Digital Cameras (Non-Pro)
YES Disposable Cameras
YES Ear Plugs
YES Empty Plastic Bottles &Camelbaks (64 oz or less)
YES Fanny Packs
YES Film Cameras (Non-Pro)
YES GoPros (no poles/extenders)
YES Hats
YES Lighters
YES Single compartment purses
YES Small Bags (20″x20″ or less)
YES Beach Towels
YES Sun Block (non aerosol)

The Great Mela is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and memorable experience for our guests. In order to provide an environment where all attendees can enjoy the show, we have instituted a The Great Mela Code of Conduct.

The following actions can result in a warning or ejection:

  • Public nudity or obscene clothing.
  • Accessing restricted areas without proper passes.
  • Taunting, abusive or disruptive language and obscene or offensive gestures, imagery or symbolism.

The following actions will result in immediate ejection:

  • Urinating in public (anywhere other than a proper restroom).
  • Fighting or engaging in any action that may harm, endanger, threaten or bring discomfort to anyone.
  • Engaging in sexual behavior in public.
  • Possession, use or sale of any illegal drugs.
  • Damage, destruction, vandalism or theft of any property.

If an individual participating in this behavior is uncooperative or a persistent offender, they will be removed from the venue site and their show wristband will be revoked. In certain situations, the offender may be arrested.

  • All ages are welcome.
  • Show will take place rain or shine.
  • Artist Lineup is subject to change.
  • Venue will open at 2:00pm each day.
  • Wristband will be required for entrance into the venue.
  • Everyone must have a show wristband for access to the venue, parking lots and camping areas.
  • Wristbands are void when tampered with or removed.

Event Location

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    Dubai Media City
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