11:58AM, Monday 24 June 2013
The sounds and smells of India were enjoyed at an art and culture show in the Nicholsons Centre in Maidenhead on Saturday.
The Fuhaar Indian Art and Culture Show was set to be divided between the shopping centre and High Street but due to the weather had to be held inside the centre.
Hundreds of people visited the art and crafts stalls, watched traditional music performances, enjoyed meditation classes and tucked into Indian food.
A fashion show for adults and children also took place and a rangoli (courtyard folk art) competition saw talented artists showcase their art skills.
Among the music and dance performances were Fusion Music by Sia Reddy, a Kashmiri folk dancer and a classical Kuchipudi dance by Siddhi Bhasale.
Organiser Renu Tank, of All Saints Avenue, was running it for the third year and said the response from shoppers to the show had been 'amazing' and audiences were huge.
The 35-year-old, who organised it by herself, said she put it on to showcase and reflect different traditions and roots from regions across India.
The mother-of-one said: "I wanted to showcase the auspiciousness and simplicity of Indian culture to people.
"It comes from the heart and I just want people to enjoy it."
She also thanked Nicholsons Centre bosses who allowed at short notice for all the activities to be held inside due to the terrible weather.
Ranjana Nagi of Great Hill Crescent in Maidenhead had a stand at the event on Saturday to showcase designs for new venture Wordiful Art. She designs posters and canvases with religious meanings. The mum-of-two is a Hindu, born and brought up in UK.
Ranjana, who lives in Great Hill Crescent, is working with Lisa Long of Maidenhead-based typography company More Than Words. Ranjana works with Lisa on her ideas to design each piece individually and Lisa takes control of all printing
Pieces start from £25.
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