KALA GHODA FEST: A KALAEIDOSCOPE OF ART, CULTURE, DANCE, MUSIC, FOOD, HERITAGE WALKS, VISUAL ARTS…WHAT NOT!!!

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The fabulous Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival’s theme this year is ‘Crossing the threshold’. Everybody is welcome to savour a specially curated selection of the classic, contemporary and the curious. Mumbai is all decked up to host this unique festival from February 6 – 17, 2016, extended for three days to coincide with ‘Make in India’ event. The festival would be hosting dance, music, heritage walks, street, food, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design & architecture and Make in India.

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This is third in the series on my festival series. I have been to Kala Ghoda festivals in the past along with my daughter who is an ‘art freak’ enjoyed it to the hilt. Spending entire day amidst art, culture, paintings, music & dance, nothing could have been better than being here. I must say all of us must visit to explore the fest – it has something for everyone. With Hindustan Times sponsoring and hosting it, it has been scaling up leaps and bounds with every year. I am super excited to visit it, though without my daughter, I assume I have great fun & learning lined up in the coming weeks. There is another prominent festival lined up…talk about it in my next post.
Kala Ghoda Association, was formed on 30th October 1998 with the objective of maintaining and preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai. Every year, since 1999 the association hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the country’s largest multicultural festival, created to draw attention to this unique and beautiful area in Mumbai. Now in its 17th edition, the Festival draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and, indeed, the world.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this year will open doors from Saturday 6th February to Wednesday 17th February 2016 (Extended by three days at Cross Maidan for Make in India Festival). With a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture and heritage walks in store, this 12-day extravaganza promises a cultural palate like never before witnessed!

• The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.
• It is open to all, free of charge.
• The Festival has grown exponentially, and is hugely successful; drawing over 150,000 people from all over the city to KGAF 2015 hosted a total of 590 events over 9 days.
• Funds raised from the festival go towards the restoration and upkeep of the area. Several heritage buildings and institutions in the area have benefited from this.

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THE FESTIVAL VENUES
Children
Lawns of (CSMVS), The Museum Mumbai
Kitab Khana at Somaiya Bhavan
Children’s Literature
Kitab Khana at Somaiya Bhavan
Dance
Cross Maidan
Dance Workshops are at Somaiya Centre, Somaiya Bhavan
Cinema
The Coomaraswamy Hall and The Visitor Center at (CSMVS), The Museum Mumbai,
Auditorium at Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
Food
Westside
Restaurants in the district
Food stalls at Rampart Road and Cross Maidan
Literature
DSL Garden
Artist’s Center
Author’s Lounge at Serafina
Seminar Hall of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Stand-Up Comedy
Irish House
• Street & Stalls
Rampart Row
Cross Maidan
Music
Cross Maidan
Steps of the Asiatic Society Library (Town Hall)
Visual Arts
Rampart Gallery
Lawns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Gallery 7
Art Entrance
Artists’ Centre
Coomaraswamy Hall
Cross Maidan
DSL Garden
Tarq for Art Walks
Workshops
Somaiya Centre
Artisan’s and Artists’ Centre
Theatre
Horniman Circle Garden
Auditorium at NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art)
M. C. Ghia Hall at Kaikashru Dubash Marg,
Stand up comedy at Irish House at Kaikashru Dubash Marg
Gallery Beyond
Urban Design & Architecture
Library at Max Muller Bhavan
NGMA
Art Entrance Art Gallery

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The Kala Ghoda precinct can be roughly defined as the area that stretches from the Regal Circle at the Southern end of Mahatma Gandhi Road, up to the Mumbai University at the northern end, flanked by the Oval Maidan to the west and the Lion Gate to the east. The name Kala Ghoda can be traced to the old equestrian statue of King Edward VII, which was placed at the centre of the large node on the old Esplanade Road. The statue, a vestige of the colonial era, has since been removed from the site, but the colloquially used for the district name persist regardless – an assertive confirmation of a compelling public memory.

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Today, the area is a hub of cultural activity and a throbbing urban node with institutions like the Jehangir Art Gallery, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay University, Prince of Wales Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Institute of Science, Bombay Natural History Society, Elphinstone College, and David Sassoon Library around it, all within comfortable walking distance of each other. Apart from the entertaining pursuits of art and education, the area also offers a host of famous city restaurants and cafes, along with art galleries, designer boutiques, and many culture-related activities and venues – the most popular one being the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, where many artistes, performers and craftspersons gather every February.

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With a combined total of almost 1,10,000 sq. ft of existing indoor gallery space, the Kala Ghoda Precinct has an existing critical mass of art galleries, museums, and cultural spaces unrivalled in all of India, and perhaps comparable to art districts in other parts of the world. To this could be added an additional mass of outdoor pavement galleries on Rampart Row and potential exhibition space within the covered arcades to make the Kala Ghoda area a veritable ‘Urban Museum’. Such a phenomenal ensemble of art functions within one concentrated zone, offers tremendous avenues for future development and, added to this the support infrastructure of existing lecture halls, convocation halls, and conference facilities offered by The Mumbai University, Elphinstone College, and other neighbouring institutions, gives Kala Ghoda a unique place in the world of art and culture.

source: http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com & The Hindustan Times

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