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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Kala Ghoda Festival 2011, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

The Kala Ghoda Festival 2011 is on at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, with creations as wonderful and thought-provoking as ever. The dates for the festival this year are 05th-13th Feb 2011.

Performances this year include names like Rekha Bharadwaj (Sufi/Bollywood), Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Prem Joshua and Band (World Fusion Music), Paula Jeanine (IndiPop), The Amit Chaudhari Band, Dutch Jazz Expedition, Nirala Kabir, Ustad Fazal Qureshi and Friends (Percussion), Shaadarsh (Hindi Fusion Band).

From the year 1999, when it was first held, The Kala Ghoda Festival is today a major attraction for not only Indians, but also for the art-lovers from across the world. With its popularity increasing with each year, the festival attracts major names in the world of arts and crafts. From street plays to street performances, pottery to painting, artist model to craft and handloom stalls, the festival has it all. With lively stalls displaying products from different states of India on the one hand, and constant performances happening the whole day, the 09-day long event is a huge hit with students as well as the 'thinking' adult.

Interestingly, the Kala Ghoda festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association, which is a Non-Profit organisation, and states its objectives as 'physically upgrading the Kala-Ghoda sub precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai.

The sub-festivals feature visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures seminars and workshops, heritage walks, special events for children and a vibrant street festival.

The entire place is converted into a fun and artistic place, the setting similar to that of a 'mela' or local fair. Be prepared to be surrounded with artisans showcasing their creations, stalls selling local state food, artists sketching instant portraits, musicians performing, workshops being held and many more such art and literary happenings.

When: Early February each year, please check exact dates.
Entry: FREE
Venues: The event is held at venues that span the Jehangir Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Modern Art, The David Sassoon Library, Max Mueller Bhavan, Elphinstone College, The K R Cama Institute, the M C Ghia Hall, the street area of Rampart Row, Azad Maidan, Horniman Circle.

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta