The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, one of the most significant cultural events that take place in Mumbai, will commence from 3rd February 2018 and concludes on 11th February 2018 at Kala Ghoda in Southern Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is the country’s largest multicultural festival. Started its journey in 1999, this is a nine day festival which starts on the first Saturday in February and ends on the second Sunday of February every year. This annual event was organised in order to bring attention to the area’s art and architectural heritage. Organized by Kala Ghoda Association, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is named after the black equestrian statue of Edward VII that used to stand in the Fort area of Mumbai.
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival exhibits wonderful display of art by world renowned artists under the visual arts section. People with creative bent of mind from all round the country participate and showcase their talent. This nine day extravaganza has captured the hearts of Mumbaikars and it draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and the world.
The Literature Section has book launches, workshops and discussions with well-known authors. From classical to contemporary and from Indian Folk to International, there are many music and dance performances by notable artists and groups. There are also theatre and cinema programs during the festival. The culinary section is also popular as well-known chefs provide live food demonstrations on varied cuisines. Kala Ghoda will also be organizing exhibitions, workshops, heritage walks and a dedicated section for children. The participants range from the modern urban sellers with designer goods to village artists selling their traditional craftwork.
There are separate venues for each category of the festival. For Children – Lawns at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Dance – Cross Maidan, Children’s Literature- Somaiya Centre, Somaiya Bhavan, Cinema – The Coomaraswamy Hall and The Visitor Center at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Auditorium at Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Food – Cross Maidan, Literature – DSL Garden, Music – Cross Maidan, Steps of the Asiatic Society Library, Visual Arts – Rampart Gallery, Lawns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Cross Maidan, DSL Garden, Tarq for Art Walks, Theatre – Horniman Circle Garden, Auditorium at National Gallery of Modern Art, M. C. Ghia Hall at Kaikashru Dubash Marg, Standup comedy – Irish House at Kaikashru Dubash Marg, Urban Design & Architecture – Library at Max Muller Bhavan, NGMA, Visual Arts -Horniman Circle Garden, Cross Maidan at Mahatma Gandhi Road, Artists’ Centre at K Dubash Marg.
Mumbai, the entertainment capital and India’s financial powerhouse, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous in the world with an estimated population of 18.4 million. It is the wealthiest city in India with highest number of billionaires and is also one of the best places to experience Maharashtra Tourism. Mumbai is more affectionately known as the city of dreams. Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Elephanta Caves, Kanheri Caves, Haji Ali Darga, Siddivinayaka Temple, Juhu Beach, Marve Beach and Marine Drive are some popular tourist places to visit in Mumbai.