The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, nine days long, commencing always on the first Saturday of February and closing always on the second Sunday in February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai.
From its inception in 1999, the Festival has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country, and the world. The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as “physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai”) and curated by teams handling each of the sections of the festival.
The festival sections are visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature including children’s literature as a sub section, workshops, heritage walks, urban design and architecture, food, a dedicated section for children, and a vibrant street section including stalls selling eco friendly, hand made arts and crafts wares.
This year the Kala Ghoda festival has been merged with the ongoing series of events – “The State of Architecture”. This vertical offers an artistic yet analytic approach to this year’s festival theme ‘Crossing the Threshold”. The program provides both a broad, humanistic perspective on the physical aspects of Mumbai, and exposure to future architects, city planners, public administrators, and writers on urban problems and solutions.
Here is a glimpse of the festival this year as captured by the Gallopper Team.