Hertfordshire singer to perform at major London event
PUBLISHED: 22:47 19 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24 20 February 2013
FOURTEEN-year-old Shakila Karim, who is still dreaming and preparing to perform at the Olympic Games this year, has received a big boost.
FOURTEEN-year-old Shakila Karim, who is still dreaming and preparing to perform at the Olympic Games this year, has received a big boost this week.
Shakila,from Bishop's Stortford,will be performing at Boishakhi Mela on Sunday 20th of May and is hoping shell make a big impact. Shakila is looking forward to a fantastic occasion.
The Boishakhi Mela is the biggest celebration of Bengali Culture outside of Bangladesh and attracts over 100,000 people during the day. Many travel from all over the country - and some from other parts of the world - to celebrate the Bengali New Year. The event is broadcast live across the UK and to many countries around the world.
Shakila, who released three songs last year, is now busy working on her first album, which will be released later this year.
Shakila is very excited at the prospect and said: Im so happy for this opportunity and hope people will enjoy my performance at the Boishakhi Mela. This is a dream come true for me and also for my parents.
My mum and dad took me to my first Boishakhi Mela when I was a baby, in 1998. As Ive grown up, Ive enjoyed going to this annual event.
I enjoy the smiling faces, the great food, the dressing up, the variety of entertainment and much more.
Never did I think that, one day, I would have the opportunity to perform at such a fabulous event and I am grateful to the organisers for the opportunity. East London is such a great place for me to perform as I was born there and lived there for so long.
All my extended family and many of my friends still live in the East End. All of them will be coming to watch me perform - along with thousands of other people who, I hope, will support me as well.
Im so proud to be involved in this years event and I really hope this will be one of many big performances in east London this year. I still have dreams of performing at the Olympic Games - and I have a very special song ready, if I get the chance.
About TheBoishakhi Mela
TheBoishakhi Mela is celebrated in London, It takes place across the area of Banglatown in the borough of Tower Hamlets,in east London, throughBrick Laneto Weavers Fields and Allen Gardens inBethnal Green. The event is a celebration of the Bengali New Year, with musical and cultural events held. It is the largest open-airAsianfestival in Europeand the largestBengalifestival outside ofBangladesh. After theNotting Hill Carnival, it is the second-largest street festival in the UK attracting over 100,000 visitors from the Uk and other countries.