Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2012 brings in the best of art and culture to Mumbai

Every year, since 1999, the Kala Ghoda Association hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival to draw attention to the unique and beautiful Kala Ghoda Precinct area. Currently in its 14th edition, the festival draws visitors in thousands, cutting across economic class not just from the city but also all over the country and the world.

In addition to setting up the art fest, the association has helped upgrade the area, restore buildings and facades and improve amenities.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival starts from February 4 to February 12, 2012 bringing with it a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, street stalls, films, food, workshops, visual arts and heritage walks.

With an aim to brighten Mumbai’s art and culture scene, Kala Ghoda, this year is a mix of old and new, fresh and antiquated, an amalgamation of the yesteryears legends along with the best-in-class talent of today. The nine-day festival aspires to bring to life the rich culture of art in all forms.

A brief glimpse of some of the highlights of the festival:

Startling, stunning, soothing, inspiring and experiential displays of art will form the backdrop of the festival with works of Reena Kallat, Brinda Miller, Krsna Mehta, Tobias Megerie, Mumbai Esplanade Project, Arzaan Khambatta and EE Studio among others. World renowned artist Tracy Lee Stum in collaboration with the American Center of the US Consulate will also grace the festival with her artistic display of 3D images of the street festival live as it happens.

KGAF has always strived and worked towards bringing to the people something new and interesting. This year a new section FOOD ART has been added to the festival where live demonstrations of cuisine by well known chefs and experts, Rahul Akerkar of Indigo fame, Asian chef of the year Milind Sovani, Alex Sanchez from The Table, Nikhil Chib of Busaba, Asha Khatau, Pooja Dhingra of Le 15 Patisserie, Prashant from Le Pain Quodien and Mukhtar Quereshi of Neel will create and showcase mouthwatering delicacies both indian and international.

The festival extends its geographical scope with a new venue -the recently renovated CROSS MAIDAN GARDEN where visual art installations will form the backdrop where MUSIC & DANCE FORMS from classical to contemporary to folk to international will be showcased by well known artists and troupes like Margi Vijay Kumar, Alarmel Valli, Sannidhi, Paravathy Baul, Susheela Raman, Agnya, Raga Boyz from Pakistan, Satish Vyas and Astad Deboo with his interpretation of REMEMBERING TAGORE to name a few. The festival will open with an exquisite performance of music, dance and acrobats by The Guangdong Art Troupe from China who have been invited by KGAF in collaboration with ICCR and The Chinese Consulate.

On the weekend of 11th and 12th Feb 2012, the Asiatic Steps will once again resound with the magic of sound and music from versatile Sitarist Niladri Kumar and Dynamic Bollywood Duo Vishal Shekhar.

From tributes to great personalities Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Jagjit Singh, Bhupen Hazarika, Satyadev Dubey, Tagore and Dickens who have left an inedible mark on the landscape of art and culture to films by contemporary masters both international and national THE FILM SECTION  will entertain, provoke, educate, and inspire people. In addition, this year the FILM section has included an interactive element in the form of a competition – THE 48 HR Music Video Project that has to feature Mumbai and the festival judged by a panel of eminent personalities.

To feed the mind and the intellect, the LITERATURE SECTION has a host of activities, book launches and panel discussions with authors from the literary fraternity like Kiran Nagarkar, Deepti Naval, Bachi Karkaria, Naresh Fernandes, Arundatti Subramaniam, Loveleen Misra, Pritish Nandy and others.

The beauty of Kala Ghoda precinct is in the Heritage and architectural structures that are as old as the city itself. To learn and absorb more of this fantastic Heritage, the HERITAGE WALK SECTION has organised interesting walks in and around the precinct giving people the history behind the stain glass, the story of the performing arts history with NCPA – an art and cultural hub and a fun treasure hunt for kids in and around the heritage structures.

KGAF gives a lot of emphasis every year to Children in its effort to draw them into the beauty of Indian art and culture. This year too the CHILDREN SECTION continues to bring to the children fun and experiential learning through dance, art, music, shadow puppetry, games, food, saving the environment, waste management and a host of other activities.

The adults are not left far behind with KGAF organising workshops in the WORKSHOP SECTION on a variety of topics like Paper Mache, Know your Art, Paper Sculptures, Architecture, Graphic Design, The Art of Screen Writing, Textiles, Appreciation of Teas, Food, Water Colors etc

“THE WORLD IS A STAGE” the famous saying comes alive literally at HORNIMAN CIRCLE GARDEN, NGMA and Gallery Beyond with over 25 plays from the best of Mumbai theatre like Lillette Dubey, Dinesh Thakur, Rajit Kapur, Divya Palat showcased in the THEATRE SECTION.

And last but not the least, the heart and the hub of the festival – RAMPART ROW will resound every evening with colorful street and folk artists from across the country performing at the Amphitheatre in collaboration with the WEST ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE entertaining visitors while they browse and shop at the various stalls selling products encompassing both traditional and contemporary arts.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival invites everyone to experience and enjoy the vibrancy, the sounds and the colors of the festival.