Mumbai’s favourite cultural festival, the nine-day Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, is all set to kick-off on February 7.
The KGAF calendar this year features dance, theatre, music and literature events, in addition to art installations, workshops, heritage walks and film screenings. This year’s festival also has a special section on urban design and architecture.
“Kala Ghoda this year has new elements in every section, and new venues and events,” said festival director Brinda Miller. “The opening ceremony will witness 70 dancers presenting a visual feast, based on the theme for the year — Sparsh [Hindi for Touch].”
The venues this year include the historic Asiatic Library for literature workshops, while The Irish House will host stand-up comedy sessions. To reach out to more people, the literature and theatre sections will feature events in 20 different languages.
“The theatre fest is so grand and multi-lingual this year, we call it Rang Boli — a theatrical celebration of languages,” said section curator Juhi Babbar Soni. This section will feature 51 performances.
“A new feature in the literature section is a long evening of prose that we have titled The Rampart Row Reading. It will be held at the Artists Centre gallery,” said Ranjit Hoskote, poet and cultural theorist, and the curator of the literature section.
For those looking forward to the diverse calendar of events, the return of the festival hasn’t been soon enough.
“The festival is quirky and fresh, bringing to us the best of art and culture. The art installations are amazing; the literature events enriching. The nine-day festival adds to the beauty of the city, with its rich programmes,” said Aastha Chaturvedi, 22, a college student who has attended the festival for three years. “I am looking forward to the interesting elements KGAF will bring us this year.”
Neha Mehta, 20, a biotechnology student said, “Kala Ghoda is a festival so rich and diverse, yet binding us together. Music performances are exemplary, with elite artists performing for the whole city. It captures the city’s culture and gives the new generation a chance to connect with it.”