We are all eagerly anticipating the return of the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (February 4–12). Unquestionably, it ranks among the biggest multicultural celebrations in India. Can the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival be classified as a street festival? Obviously, we can. And here is why.
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival breathes life into creativity and all things artistic while showcasing them to the public in the most brilliant and colourful ways. The yearly celebration is observed with a lot of fanfare.
The historic statue of King Edward VII, which was a part of the former Esplanade Road, gave the Kala Ghoda area its name. The statue is no longer there, but the name is still there. Currently, the precinct is a thriving centre for culture. institutions such the Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay University, and the Jehangir Art Gallery.
The area is home to the Prince of Wales Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Institute of Science, the Bombay Natural History Society, Elphinstone College, and the venerable David Sassoon Library.
In addition to these well-known establishments, the neighbourhood is home to a number of entertaining cafes. That a multiracial festival like the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival occurs here is hardly surprising.
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will feature a number of different genres, including Literature (an event at the David Sassoon Library), Children (a fun and creative zone for kids), Cinema (theatres and interactions with Bollywood's big names), Dance (India's traditional dance forms), Food (masterchef workshops), Heritage Walks (curated walks for 9 days), and Music (popular artists to folk musicians), to name a few. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has activities for all ages. Do you feel up to it?