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Record numbers turn out for Glasgow Mela

Glasgow Mela 2010
Image caption A record number of people attended the weekend Mela in Kelvingrove Park

Record crowds attended the annual Glasgow Mela in Kelvingrove Park at the weekend.

Organisers said about 40,000 people turned out for the event on Sunday, which is Scotland's biggest multi-cultural festival.

Musicians, dancers and performers from across the globe took to the stage.

Bhangra legends, Alaap, were the headline act and singer JK, who won best newcomer at the 2010 Brit Asia Awards, also wooed the crowds.

The festival, based on the traditions and customs of the Indian sub-continent, is now in its 20th year.

As well as the acts taking to the three main stages - World, Commonwealth and Mehfil - the festival also featured street theatre performances, a real sand urban beach sports zone, a kidz zone, authentic food stalls from the east and a traditional market.

Headliners Alaap have played venues including Wembley Arena and Maddison Square Gardens in New York.

They last performed at the Glasgow Mela 20 years ago.

Lead singer Channi Singh, said: "The people of Glasgow have always welcomed us and we have been very lucky in this regard.

"We like to get involved with the crowd and that is where Glasgow is such a special audience."

Councillor Stephen Curran, a board member of Glasgow Life which runs the event, said: "Once again the 02 Glasgow Mela was a massive success, with record numbers of people coming along to enjoy the day's free entertainment.

"Thanks to the exceptional quality of artists from across the world and the great weather, there really was no better place to be than Kelvingrove Park.

"The event was a fantastic reflection of Glasgow's proud cultural heritage, with people of all backgrounds coming together for what is Scotland's biggest and best multi-cultural festival."

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