The 11th edition of the Kala Ghoda Festival will conclude on Sunday amidst speculation about its fate next year.
A court order brought to notice the fact that the venue falls in a silence zone as it is near a church and an educational institute. Most of the festival’s live events are held at the Kala Ghoda Amphitheatre, which is fitted with loudspeakers for dance, music and theatre performances.
On Thursday, addressing a complaint about the noise by a resident, the organisers immediately removed additional amplification at the amphitheatre, bringing it to decibel levels approved by Awaaz Foundation.
After the festival, the organisers planned a signature campaign to take stock of what the public, performers and authorities feel about this festival.
“There is no question of the festival shutting down. Nor will there be a change in the nature of the festival. We will either move the court again before the next instalment of the fest or... shift the venues around,” said Manek Davar, honorary secretary of the festival.
He said this was in no way a move of protest, but a means for them to gather consensus on the festival. “If Kala Ghoda stakeholders have a problem with the festival then we will suspend activities as per their demands, as we did on Thursday. The church wanted us to suspend activities on Sunday evening for two hours, which we do,” Davar said.
The secretary said they wouldn’t deprive people of what has come to be a landmark in the city’s cultural calendar. “We only want government sanction and recognition for hosting this seminal event.”