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All the Worli’s a stage

Collin Rodrigues, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 24, 2013
First Published: 15:20 IST(24/1/2013) | Last Updated: 15:22 IST(24/1/2013)
After Bandra, Lokhandwala and Kala Ghoda, another Mumbai neighbourhood is set to host its own festival. From January 25 to 27, Worli will see an extravaganza that will be held at three different locations: Worli Seaface, The Royal Western India Turf Club and Jamboree Maidan.

The event is organised by the Shri Sankalp Pratishthan, headed by MLA Sachin Ahir. Called Worli Festival, the event is an offshoot of the Worli Mahotsav, which was held at a smaller scale at the Jamboree Maidan last year.

“Worli has a lot of cultural diversity. We want to display its rich culture to the rest of Mumbai. We intend to surprise visitors with performances by diverse artistes,” says Ahir.

The opening night will have performances by singers Sukhwinder Singh, Vaishali Samant and Shalmali Kholgade, classical musician Rahul Sharma, flautist Milind Date and ventriloquist Satyajit Padhye. The Turf Club will host the food festival with 30 stalls dishing out Chinese, Italian, continental, Mughlai, Spanish and Indian meals. There will also be eight interactive cooking workshops by well-known city chefs. Also, through a contest held at the venue, five male Mumbaikars will be chosen to cook for their wives along with 10 celebrities from films, sports and business. The venue will host an evening with jazz and saxophone performances.

There will also be games like lagori, kho-kho and kabaddi along with cricket at the Jamboree Maidan. Adds Ahir, “We have organised sporting activities for the locals to keep our traditions alive and bring out their competitive spirit.” The carnival, to be held at the Seaface, will comprise colourful parades, music and dance performances, as well as fire dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns.
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