Visitors at the Kala Ghoda Festival nearly doubled as the 10-day festival ended on Sunday, said organisers.
According to data from the KGF committee the popular cultural event drew about 2.5 lakh visitors alone on Sunday, which was equal to the total number of attendees last year.
"It is good to see KGF progressing at this large scale. Every year we make sure to come up with different themes to reflect the mood of the city and India as whole. It was a great feeling to see people respond to social messages which were portrayed through installations this year,” said Maneck Davar, chairman, KGF. The festival witnessed about 5 lakh visitors this year.
The number of the stalls at the event also saw a significant increase.
From 84 stalls in 2012, the festival managed to put up around 107 stalls this year. Of these, 35 stalls were taken up by social organisations.
Visitors who attended the festival for the first time were amazed by its size.
“Such a huge gathering took me by surprise. The enthusiasm was high across ages and people from different walks,” said Ramit Singh, a twenty four-year-old management student who shifted to Mumbai recently.
Organisers added that there was a conscious effort to avoid similarity among the stalls. “We ensure no two stalls are selling same kind of products. We try to maintain exclusivity so that visitors are happy,” said Jyoti Karmakar, stall curator, KGF.
Sunday also saw many kids attending the festival. For instance, IT professional Bandana Ghosh, 35, took her 6-year-old daughter Shiromoni to a stall demonstrating the myriad ways of recycling waste paper.
“I was happy to bring my kids to the event. This year, it was really worth it as there were more programs for kids. Events like these help them to know and learn about different art forms and cultures,” said the Meera road resident.