For over a decade now, Mumbai witnesses nine colourful days of art, music, dance, literature and craft every year at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Scheduled between February 2 and 10, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an important upcoming event in Mumbai, which art lovers, kids, teachers and scholars are all looking forward to.
The venues for the events are scattered all across South Mumbai. While the Asiatic Library Steps are reserved for music concerts, Horniman Circle garden will be the stage for theatrical performances and the David Sassoon Library will host events related to literature. National Gallery of Modern Art will see kids and young adults enjoying unique craft workshops just as in the Artists’ Centre and Bellagio Bistro and Gallery.
Music performances by Indian and international artists, vibrant dance forms like ghoomar, lavni and contemporary, exhibitions by famous artists, photography workshops, seminars, heritage walks, pottery classes, story-telling, batik and glass painting workshops, children’s book fair, short film competition, stage and street plays, movie screenings, panel discussions…and the list goes on. There are around 350 events that will be organised within a span of nine days as panelists and performers from different geographical and cultural backgrounds will put up a show. From kids to the elderly, the festival has something for everyone.
In the words of the festival organisers, ‘it is a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, street stalls, literature, films, workshops, visual arts and heritage walks’. I couldn’t agree more.
Over the years, the festival has gained tremendous popularity and has seen the likes of Taufiq Qureshi, Sonu Nigam, Sivamani and many others perform. This year the theme of ‘change for a better society’ will be underlying through all the events like the short film competition based on ‘cinema for change’. The festival aims to steer all energies and art forms in a constructive and progressive way to help us find new means to make our society a better place to live.
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