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Kickstarting Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

art-and-culture Updated: Feb 06, 2012 16:51 IST
Shweta Mehta
Shweta Mehta
Hindustan Times
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With slightly higher decibel levels and lots more art to look at than last year, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival’s 14th edition kicked off on Saturday. Buzzing with music and dance performances, food stalls, heritage and theatre workshops, the event saw a steady stream of visitors flocking to the venue as the day progressed.

The most evident change this year was the higher quality of artwork, and number of installation works, photographs and paintings, curated well to include the lively and the sombre, the colourful and the monochromatic.

On the flipside, although the number of stalls remained about the same, there wasn’t much to choose from for the younger crowd. Handicrafts and stalls for artisans outnumbered the young, hip ones.

At the main exhibit area, the performing arts featured were mainly dances from around the country, apart from one act for children and a song-and-dance for senior citizens. Here are some of the best installations we came across on the vibrant street.

Starting from scrap

Meant to reflect the automobile giant’s environment sustainability philosophy, the installation is made up from 2,805 pieces of scrap material collected at clean-up drives held by the brand. It contains everything from spark plugs, cold drink crowns, beer cans and

computer accessories to pens, typewriters, barbeque sticks and telecom wires.

Pushers and Pullers

German artist Tobias Megerle has been living in Mumbai for two and a half years now. After his first project, which had skateboards designed by Mahim’s woodcarvers, this one’s dedicated to another city icon — the handcart. “I noticed that many of these guys would operate the carts in the day, and then use them to sleep on at night,” he explains nonchalantly, when asked how he came up with the idea of using lungis and cushions to convert the cart into a cosy bed.