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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

A look back at Mumbai’s musical history

Mumbai had burgeoning industry and trade, and the artistes looked at Bhatia, Bania and Muslim traders as new patrons. Thus began Mumbai’s music history.

Titans of dance come together

Both dancers had to make time for hectic travel and practice sessions across their respective states to choreograph the dance and work on the music. Bhalla even composed the Carnatic music for the performance, and lent her voice for a segment.

Moroccan delights at workshop by Moshe

Telling his audience that regular sunflower oil is better than expensive olive oil, and that basa is nothing but a garbage-eating fish, chef Moshe Shek busted culinary myths at a workshop held on Thursday as part of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Right-wing group protests against staging of play

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, whose tagline calls “for establishment of the Hindu nation”, posted threats on its website against the play Ali J, with a mention of plans to protest on Thursday at the venue.

A minimalist play takes Marx through Kalbadevi

Karl Marx wants to travel out of Germany. Russia is too cold. China has the language barrier. So he heads to Mumbai and asks a taxi driver to take him to Mani Bhavan. Mani Bhavan is closed for the day and he soon finds himself in Kalbadevi.

A pan-Indian shopping fest at Rampart Row

Converging from across the country, merchants are sharing eclectic ethnic wares with visitors to the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, at their vibrant and colourful stalls on Rampart Row.

Behind the scenes, a small army of eager volunteers

There’s a lot that goes into staging a nine-day festival with 450 events across 12 art forms — including giant art installations, book readings, panel discussions, cooking workshops and numerous theatre, music and dance performances.

An ideas panel with visions of a better Mumbai

Can you imagine Dadar station as a swanky terminal with rooftop plazas? Or picture your city’s streets clear of hawkers and illegally parked cars, with broad pavements that welcome rather than deter pedestrians?

An author can only build half the bridge, says Nagarkar

A thought-provoking writer with a little madness in his writing — that’s how septuagenarian Kiran Nagarkar was introduced at an interview panel on Monday, day three of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Sweet treats at a reading for kids

Titled Chocolate Inventions, the children’s literature session was conducted by chocolatier Zeba Kohli at Kitab Khana, Fort, and sought to answer the question: How does chocolate make its way to your refrigerator?

The fine balance of writing about sport

"Sport is readymade, in a way, for literature," said Soumya Bhattacharya, author and editor of Hindustan Times Mumbai, who was on a panel discussing sports and literature, along with espncricinfo.com editor-in-chief Sambit Bal and writer Palash Mehrotra.

Echoes of Draupadi in modern-day India

Atul Satya Koushik’s Draupadi, enacted at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Monday, retells the story of the Mahabharata through the lives of village women. As the 12 women take up characters from the epic, they realise that their lives are not very different from Draupadi’s.

Authors stop at schools to spread love of reading

Children’s authors trundled down in a brightly decorated Kala Ghoda Arts Festival van to a Parel school on Monday, day three of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Art speak: Of women empowerment and rights

The issue of women's rights and empowerment dominates the themes of art installations at Rampart Row at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, as several artistes have showcased the cause in their designs.

Sassy Spoon shares prized recipes with foodies at cooking workshop

More than 100 people arrived to participate in a cookery workshop conducted by Sassy Spoon restaurant’s chief chefs Irfan Pabaney and Rachel Goenka on day two of Kala Ghoda Arts Festivals (KGAF).
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