Arriving to cheering crowds, Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra released a book on the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and the restoration of the district, on Saturday.
Kala Ghoda: Celebrating Mumbai’s Art District was launched at Cross Maidan by Malhotra, architect Rahul Mehrotra and KGAF director Brinda Miller.
The book has been edited by conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah and explores how the festival has contributed to the restoration of iconic structures such as the Elphinstone college, Asiatic library and the David Sassoon library gardens ever since its inception.
“I was one of the founding members of the festival and we had decided that every year the surplus money from the festival would be used to restore iconic structures in the area,” Lambah said at the launch. “This is one of the most enduring voluntary movements by the people and the book’s nine essays celebrate this.”
These essays have been written by Lambah, Rahul Mehrotra and Manek Davar, chairman of the Kala Ghoda Association.
Launching the book, Malhotra said: “Someday I will walk through all the stalls and have all the food. What is great is that the festival is free. This is a great initiative that promotes artists who make us feel and ease the stress of our mundane lives.”