With four additional venues, a whole new segment and an initiative that took it beyond south Mumbai for the first time, the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival managed to push its boundaries in various novel ways this year.
The Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, which ended on Sunday after nine days of festivities, was bigger and better in every aspect this year, hosting more events and visitors than ever before. With many firsts, festival’s reach grows
“It is so wonderful to perform in Mumbai,” roared ‘Rockstar’ Farhan Akhtar as the huge crowd that had gathered on the Asiatic Library steps on a cool and breezy Sunday evening, roared back.
Ahead of his performance at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Sunday evening, Farhan Akhtar talks about singing, stage shows and the song-and-dance routine in films.
In Mithila’s villages, a woman leaving her home is always sent off with Doobdhan — a fistful of grass and rice, symbolising fertility and abundance. When a three-member cast performed the Hindi play at the fest, many members of the audience were left teary-eyed.
The Manipuri Jagoi Marup group, comprising 15 members who travelled by train for five days to be part of the festival, created stunning visuals with their vibrant costumes and fluid dance movements as they enacted stories of Lord Krishna.
They came, they played, they captivated. Making their debut at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the sarod maestros rendered superlative melodies to a packed audience of teenagers, retirees, and familiar faces.
The Hindi satire Dus Din Ka Anshan was staged at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Friday. It is based on a story written by noted satirist Hari Shankar Parsai in 1964.
Kohl-eyed, with a strong liking for traditional Indian outfits and the music of the legendary Asha Bhosale, Welsh harpist Georgia Ruth said she felt at home performing at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
Taking the audience through the history of Kerala’s classical dance form, Mohini Attam, danseuse Deepti Omchery Bhalla discussed how it had been difficult for the form to gain its own identity, as it was often confused with other dance forms from the state.
After receiving critical praise at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and standing ovations at Centrestage, NCPA’s annual festival last year, Chennai-based theatre group Evam’s political play, Ali J was to be performed at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2014 (KGAF).
Artists can sometimes find inspiration in the strangest of things. For their art installation, Vyom Mehta, Mrugen Rathod and Siddhartha Karawal dug out ideas from the darkest corners of their minds.
Two brothers, one older than the other by five years, live in a school hostel away from their parents. The younger brother, a Classs 6 student, would rather eat golgappas and play kites than study. The elder, in Class 9, is conscientious.
“Sending a rocket to Mars is like diving into a pool, where both the diving board and the pool are moving, and the pool is smaller than the diving board,” said BR Guruprasad, a scientist from the Indian Space Research Organisation.