3rd Annual Chatpati Mela: Celebrating South Asian Arts & Activism


On August 16, we held our 3rd Annual Chatpati Mela: Celebrating Food & Arts in the South Asian Community. The street fair showcasing South Asian cuisine, arts, fashion and culture was attended by close to 2,000 community members. The day was filled with fun performances, interactive bhangra lessons, children’s activities, yummy food and much more. This year, we honored notable community leaders for their work in arts and activism in South Asian communities: Nadia Ahmad (Asian American Writer’s Workshop, Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts), ASHA group (first South Asian women led worker’s cooperative in the country), and Richard David (founding member of Indo-Caribbean Alliance) If you missed the event, check out photos here and read some news coverage here!

Community Leadership Award Recipients:

Nadia Q. Ahmad
Program Assistant at Asian American Writers’ Workshop, active board member of Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts.

Asha Group
The first South Asian women workers’ cooperative in the country.

Richard David
Former Executive Director of Indo Caribbean Alliance; former Vice President of NY Economic Development Corporation