HTKGAF 2018: Kids have a ball at workshops

From workshops on edible art to new ways of playing childhood games — kids try their hand at them all in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2018 23:04 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
HTKGAF 2018,Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival,Zeba Kohli
Children learn how to use eco-friendly colours at a workshop on Saturday.(Ragul Krishnan/HT)

If you see a kid with chocolate all over her face running around at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, don’t judge. This could be something she just learnt at a workshop.

The edible art session by chocolatier Zeba Kohli on Saturday saw kids climbing on the barricades in excitement and anticipation.

“This was the first crazy workshop of the year,” said Tasneem Rajkotwala, co-curator of children’s workshop at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

“We usually have a crazy workshop at the start of the festival. This year it has happened towards the end, but all I can say is that the madness has begun and this last weekend is going to be packed.”

There certainly was a lot of squealing and joyous chaos at the CSMVS museum gardens, and even those hosting the workshop found it difficult to enter the venue.

“This is our second time here. We attended an origami workshop on Monday. Today, my daughter didn’t want to miss any of the sessions, so I waited outside the venue for four hours,” said Janhvi Shah, a businesswoman from Malabar Hill, who was at the festival with her five-year-old, Arya.

Some of those conducting the workshops returned to the festival, so their kids could attend.

“I didn’t want her to miss out on the interesting activities,” said Ursula Pereira, who conducted a session on mime, movement and music, on Day 1, and returned on Saturday with her daughter.

Some of the events turned out to be learning experience for the parents as well.

Many of the adults at the I Love My India workshop on Friday left having learnt a new way to play old games, including a different take on housie.

“It reminded me of my childhood,” said Binaifer Hadvaid, an admin executive. “When I was speaking about the Mughal dynasty, there were several parents who got involved. However, when I asked about the time period when Ashoka lived, only one parent gave the right answer,” said Natasha Sharma.

Shruti Kapoor, who conducted a session on fun with edible colours, said she started experimenting with household products to keep her child engaged.

“But I get most of my questions from interested parents,” she added.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 23:04 IST