VIDEO: Parramatta alive with the sounds and colour of south Asia

Parramatta’s Festival of South Asian Arts is in full swing.

The Masala Markets are on right now until Sunday, from 10am till midnight every day.

‘‘We’ve got something for every appetite from Nepalese momos (dumplings), Chai tea, Aghani savoury flat breads and Sri Lankan hoppers (a traditional pancake-like dish) to some of the best tandoori and biryani,’’ a spokeswoman said.

‘‘At 5pm Blu Guru are performing, followed by Bombay Royale at 10.30pm, who is back again same time Saturday.’’

Click on the arrow above to watch the film trailer to Parramasala's South Asian Film in Focus, featuring rich film-making from nine countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan.   

Parramasala, as the festival is called, started last night with a Bollywood Block Party in the heart of Parramatta’s Town Hall square, featuring singer Kamahl.

‘‘Kamahl came on singing Love Is In the Air as confetti started flying into the air,’’ the spokeswoman said.

‘‘An acrobatic dance duo performed while he sang.

‘‘Hundreds of Bollywood and cultural dancers from across western Sydney also performed — from four-year-olds and professionals to community groups.

‘‘There were also 40 or 50 drummers.’’

Asked to list some highlights, she said: ‘‘We have a cooking workshop tomorrow from noon in the Town Hall with author of Tasting India, Christine Manfield, whose recipes are authentic from her travels to India.

‘‘On Saturday at 6.30pm at the Riverside Theatres we have UK singer Susheela Raman and Band. We also have the South Asian Film in Progress series, every day and night.

‘‘On Sunday, in the outdoor stage, there’ll be a free open air screening of Sholay, a very renowned 1970’s Bollywood action movie. It starts at 8.30pm.

‘‘Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will perform at 6pm at Riverside.

‘‘He is a master of the iconic Hindustani Bansuri flute.

‘‘This one is almost sold out. People love it.’’

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