Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has begun from 2nd February and will run till 10th February 2013. It is a great festival held in the city of Mumbai every year with great vibrancy, excitement, drama and colors of cultures are experienced. This festival welcomes people from all over the country and from abroad. It is arranged in such a way that the traditional plus modern worlds merge together to entertain and to offer uniqueness to its visitors. The festival includes street stalls, theatre, heritage walks, dance, music, films, literature, workshops for adults and children, visual arts, and much more. It is a nine day festival which refreshes everyone’s minds and inspires them for future.
What’s New for 2013?
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2013 has also introduced open novel creative vistas for children who can build their mind and create something on their own.
Dating to the history of this festival, it was the Kala Ghoda Association that was formed to maintain and preserve the heritage art district of South Mumbai. Since 1999, every year the association hosts Kala Ghoda Arts Festival which is introduced as the largest multicultural festival in India. It was created to pull visitors to this extraordinary and beautiful area of South Mumbai. With this year’s event, the festival has completed its 14th edition. Each year the festival draws thousands of visitors from the city and from every corner of the country and indeed the world.
This nine day festival started this year from first Saturday in February and is about to end on next Sunday of the same month, which means from 2nd February to 10th February. This is the 15th year of Kala Ghoda Festival and is considered as a community celebration of the arts within this historic area of Mumbai.
One great pull about this festival is that it is hosted free of charge where visitors can enter and explore everything without paying any cost.
The festival has gained huge popularity due to which it introduces 350 events in just nine day tenure. The festival is explored by more than 150,000 people from all over the city. Even tourists from all over the world plan their trip to the city to experience this glamorous event. Various unique artifacts and accessories are sold in the event along with many others and the funds raised from the 9-day festival are used for the restoration and upkeep of the area. Through this some of the heritage buildings as well as institutions in South Mumbai have been benefited.
- Rampart Row – It is the nerve center and is the street located alongside the famous Jehangir Art Gallery that displays rows of eateries and art galleries. It also holds an amphitheatre which was constructed by the Kala Ghoda Association. The street is filled with art and craft stalls and sells amazing gifts by NGOs and other entrepreneurs. It also has walking plaza that hosts Visual Arts. You will find this alongside the Rampart Galleries. Restaurants located on the street offers delicious food items and the street introduces Street Acts which are performed everyday during this festival.
- David Sassoon Library – It is the library where literature festival is kept.
- Horniman Circle Garden – A beautiful set of gardens is arranged to dedicate to the festival. The garden holds a stage with seating and hosting theatre.
- Kitab Khana – It is kept for improving literature knowledge of children.
- The Asiatic Library Steps – It is where the music concerts are held
- Garden of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahlaya – Workshops are kept for children
- National Gallery of Modern Art – It is held for theatre and children’s workshops
- Max Mueller Bhavan – It is organized for theatre and cinema
- Coomaraswamy Hall (CSMVS) and BNHS – Both are for cinema
- Gallery Beyond – is again for Cinema
- Royal Oaks Banquet Room – is for food workshops
- Art Entrance, Hacienda, Artists Centre, Gallery ICIAA, Cross Maidan – All for visual arts
- Cross Maidan – is also used for dance and music
- Artists’ Centre, Bellagio Bistro and Gallery ICIAA, and Artisans and Gallery – are for workshops
This association is a non-profit organization that has sole objectives of physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and turning it into an Art District of Mumbai for 9 days.
Date: Saturday, 2nd February – Sunday, 10th February 2013
Duration: 9 Days
Place: Mumbai, India
Name of the organizer: kala Ghoda Association