Thursday, 17 April 2008

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai 2007 REVISITED

'Kala Ghoda' or 'the Black Horse' is this enigmatic area in south Mumbai that got its name from a statue that used to stand there. Now 'Kala Ghoda' is a hub of creative ventures, art galleries, good restaurants and quaint cafeterias.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, usually around nine days long, held in late January or early February, in the Kala Ghoda area, South Mumbai, India.

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").

The sub-festivals feature the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops, heritage walks, special events for children, and a vibrant street festival. Entry to all events is free to all (only restricted by the size of the venues).

The slide show has pics from 2007....and the theme was Tibet. The entire festival had performances with the tibetan opera, yaks on the streets, folk dance n music, Thangka painting sessions by monks. There were numerous quaint stalls selling handmades and one could interact with the artists in their stalls. It was a lovely fun filled week with great performances, art displays, a terrific mélange of creative people and great food!

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