One of India’s largest cultural festivals kicks off tomorrow in South Mumbai. The organisers provide insights on culture and lifestyle trends, along with tips for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs.
Held early February each year, Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) is a nine-day treat of installations, artworks, craft exhibition, literature, culinary workshops, children’s activities, theatre, dance shows, and music performances. This year, the festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary (see YourStory’s coverage of the 2018 and 2017 editions).
“The energy is so fresh that it feels like the very first year of the festival despite having completed 20 years,” said festival coordinator Nicole Mody,in a chat with YourStory. “The positivity of the artists and attendees keeps us going,” she adds (see our earlier 2018 interview here). This year, the festival celebrates the spirit of nostalgia, along with an eye on the future.
“We do not sell and collect tickets, so it is hard to get exact figures on festival attendees. But we estimate that we have eight to ten lakh visitors each year,” says Maneck Davar, Managing Director of Spenta Multimedia, and Chairman of the Kala Ghoda Association which conducts the annual KGAF.
In addition to celebrating its 20-year journey, KGAF is commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. There are special installations, panel discussions and festivities in every section of the festival.
Other highlights of KGAF include a book launch by pastry chef Pooja Dhingra, a documentary screening on Irani cafes of Mumbai by director Khalid Mohammad, flute performance by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and violin performance by musician-activist Sunita Bhuyan. There is also a book reading by award-winning author Githa Hariharan, a theatre performance by Suchitra Krishnamurthy, a talk by Honourable Justice Dr DY Chandrachud, and even a DIY drone workshop.
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