Nine days of splendid cultural activity will come to a close on Sunday, as the 14th edition of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will draw its curtains to the public with a Bollywood performance by musicians, Vishal and Shekhar.
“I can’t wait to hear them perform live. The weather has been fantastic, and sitting on the Asiatic Library steps in the evening will be a wonderful end to the city’s biggest cultural festival,” said Namrata D’souza, 21, a resident of Borivli, who will be attending the concert with her friends, who have come down from Canada. “This is their first trip to India. They will get a glimpse of the different cultures co-existing in India by visiting the stalls and attending the performances at the festival venues.”
“This year, we did not receive any complaints regarding the noise levels at Rampart Row. We received a phenomenal response for the food section of the festival,” said Maneck Daver, chairperson, Kala Ghoda Association (KGA).
On Sunday, the festival organisers will award prize money to the winner of the 48 Hour Film Project. More than fifty teams comprising students, theatre artistes and amateur filmmakers took part in the competition, which needed them to film a music video in a span of two days.“It was an interesting experience of discovering the hidden talent of budding filmmakers,” said musician Leslie Lewis, who was part of the jury reviewing the films. “During the judging process, we were thrilled to see animated films with interesting concepts and great execution.”
While the festival will end with its share of colour, the organisers will also pay a tribute to historian Sharada Dwivedi, who passed away earlier this week. Dwivedi had been an integral part of the festival’s association since its inception. “Her demise has been the biggest loss for everyone at the festival,” said Pallavi Sharma, chief executive officer, Kala Ghoda Association.