Filling the streets of Mumbai with vibrant colours, happiness and amusement, and cherishing the beauty and magnificence of the Indian heritage, culture and art; the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back again this year to enliven the city of Mumbai with its charm. Kicking off from the 1st of February, the Kala Ghoda Mumbai Art festival is going to continue for nine days until the 9th of February displaying a symphony of some of the best artists, talks, music, food and cultural workshops for its visitors.
Organised by the Kala Ghoda Association, the festival holds a total of fourteen sections including music, workshops, dance, cinema, art, heritage walks, food, literature, stalls, stand-up comedy, urban design & architecture, street and even a section for theatre and children. In its 21st edition this year, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2020 breaks away from its traditional frameworks of themes and sponsorships, addressing a much bigger, wider and simpler set up with multiple themes and a sponsorship free funding. Following this path breaking philosophy, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has funded its organisation through crowdfunding from the renowned platform Ketto while enabling each of its section to follow their own theme, thereby falling in the larger theme of “Unity in Diversity.” In addition to this, unlike its past editions, this year, the Kala Ghoda location is also extended until the Cross Maidan, creating a wider display of exhilarating art installations and giving scope for more talents to showcase their creativity and skills.
With a jam packed schedule filled with music, theatre performances, contemporary talks and discussions by esteemed individuals, art workshops, stand-up comedy performances and much more, the Kala Ghoda Mumbai Festival indeed is a unique experience for art connoisseurs and commoners alike. While the Kala Ghoda Arts festival 2020 schedule comprises a mix of each of its sections, here’s a list of things to do in Kala Ghoda for you, highlighting the best of each day.
One of the key highlights of the Kala Ghoda festival 2020 venue has always been the art installations visualised by some of the best artists and designers of the country. Just like every year, the visual art section of the 2020 edition promises a pictorial delight to everyone with artworks from some of the renowned personalities such as Geeta Castelino, Ami Patel and Varsha Karale. Spearheading a theme on the harmful effects of pollution caused by plastic, the installation “Swinging Forward a Lost Childhood” takes you back to the times where we enjoyed closeness to nature over modern gadgets. At the same time, also witness the splendour of Rupali Patole’s LIC winning entry “Over the Top- Bachpan Baccho” which signifies the innocence and the connection between man and God with a thread.
Along with this, in an attempt to display Mumbai’s essence through art, the David Sassoon Library has also set up a unique exhibition of typography created by the country’s 15 best graphic designers. While these are some of the exclusive art installations for the year, a walk through the Kala Ghoda festival venue is a must to witness the creativity and talents of colleges, design students and budding artists on a variety of Kala Ghoda festival 2020 themes such as food for thought, women empowerment, inclusivity and much more.
From ethnic Indian dances to even a confluence of western and traditional dance forms, the Kala Ghoda Festival 2020 dates are filled with some of the best performances to delight its audience. Witness some amazing shows such as the Kathak act by renowned dancer Aditi Mangaldas or catch India’s best dance team King’s Squad’s power packed sequel.
Sticking to its theme of variety and diversity, the KGAF 2020 also brings a blend of various compositions by renowned musicians and singers of the country. From a beat of modern music by YouTube sensation Jonita Gandhi to the strumming of the Sitar by Hindustani musician brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, the festival is prepped to engross you in all kinds of melodies. Adding to the highlights of the year are the exclusive performances by singer Mugdha Hasabnis and 14-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram. While Mugdha’s performance stands as a tribute to the golden era singer Lata Mangeshkar, Lydian’s piano solo is a nerve-wracking showdown of symphonies weaved together with her finger tips.
While vibrant colours and art fills the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival address area, an intellectual face of the festival lies with its cinema, talks, discussions and literature. Graced by the presence of some of the most eminent personalities and experts from various fields, the festival hosts a series of talks and panel discussions on topics relating to waste management, mixology, sustainability, contemporary media and much more. At the same time, you can also balance out the seriousness with a little stand-up comedy by artists of the likes of Abhish Mathew and Kaneez Surka as you end your day at the festival.
Stalls, Workshops and Culture
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a tribute to the Indian culture and therefore is always incomplete without its series of Indian handicraft workshops, food stalls, heritage walks and even cultural learnings and explorations. With several events hosted to celebrate the culture and heritage, the Kala Ghoda Festival does not fail to showcase its values of cherishing Indian art. This year, enjoy the Kala Ghoda festival stalls offerings as you learn a little bit about the legacies of the Irani cafes, the tales of authors like Girish Karnad and Kiran Nagarkar or even a simple classic tribute to the poems of Kaifi Azmi.
The Kala Ghoda Arts festival is indeed a one of a kind art show that not only refurbishes the Indian culture and brings it to the fore to the audience but also brings forward the talents of local artists and performers, enabling them to display their imaginations to the city of Mumbai and therefore to India.