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Mumbai, let workshops take you to the art of the matter

Mumbai children as young as two can participate in as many as 43 sessions

mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2018 12:54 IST
Aayushi Pratap
A mural painting workshop conducted at KGAF last year.
A mural painting workshop conducted at KGAF last year.(HT File Photo)

Photography, doodling, edible art, folk tales and giant puzzles — expect edutainment to be the focus of this year’s workshops for adults and children at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Children as young as two can participate in as many as 43 sessions. “Like every year, the plan is to welcome all children to a whole range of workshops that educate and entertain, where they can revel or simply walk through a garden to admire the art installations by school students,” says section curator Nuriya Rao. “This year, given the festival’s green theme, we have an array of activities that focus on sensitising children to the environment.” For instance, Subramanya Shastri of the Agastya Foundation will conduct a session on creating sculpture from ‘earthy elements’ such as dry leaves, soil, flowers and jute.

“The idea is to show children that they can avoid non-biodegradable materials. This is my first session at KGAF and I’m excited. It’s one of the few festivals that is free and open to everyone in the city,” he said.

Adults can dabble in Japanese clay pottery, paint with wine or create edible art in chocolate.

“Most of the sessions are hands-on, and will see participants work with the session conductors. We want everyone who attends to enjoy themselves and find happiness in what they create,” says Ami Patel, co-curator of the workshops for adults section of the festival.

For volunteers, it’s the audience participation that brings them back year after year. Software engineer Omkar Kashikar, 23, will be volunteering for the fifth consecutive year.

“The thing I love the most about the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is that I get to meet new people, year after year, in the best circumstances,” he says. “As a volunteer, it is my responsibility to get things done on time and ensure there are no hitches, delays or complaints, which helps me hone my managerial skills,” he adds.

Among the people Kashikar can expect to meet this year is digital marketing executive from Malad, Vedika Shah, 27. “I have been attending the festival for the pat four years. On weekends, my parents, sister, nephew and I make it a point to spend the entire day at Kala Ghoda. This year, I plan to attend an edible art session with my nephew. Both of us adore chocolate.”