Visiting Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 – Feb 04 – Feb 12.

Art is an important part of our life. It makes our world a better place and brings a sense of enjoyment and pleasure. It brings beauty into our world.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is India’s largest multicultural festival, taking place in February each year at the rampart between Jehangir art gallery and Chattrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya (previously known as Prince of Wales museum) in Mumbai.

KGAF is more of a fringe festival, the fringe festivals are a type of art festivals which often focus on many arts but sometimes focus on a specific art. KGAF festival draws visitors in large numbers, not merely from the urban center, but from all over the nation, the world and from all walkways of life.

I have always loved to attend this festival, the utter joy of being part of  it as a spectator itself gives me a high, so this year I decided to introduce my little girl to this joy, and to my surprise, she thoroughly enjoyed it. She agreed to come home only when I promised to take her next year.

The Hindustan Times has sponsored this year’s festival; it is very well-organized.It seemed more friendly, especially for differently able citizens, than it was when I last attended it in 2012.It was assuring to see the fire brigade trucks, first aid and may I help you kiosk.

 

Kala Ghoda for Children

The part I liked the most is all the children’s activities were conducted inside the museum lawns so it was manageable to handle kids without being worried about them getting lost in the crowd. The art installations put up by various schools in this area were commendable, I especially liked the interpretations of Unicorns and “The Trojan Horse”.

On the rampart there are stalls by Varnam, Poppadum, beautiful textile stalls and many more, though some of them are repetitive. There is a special enclave for pottery and ceramic wares.Also do not to miss the performance area.

Tips for parents who plan to take their children along:

  • Do not go alone, take someone along with you, it is easier to manage children
  • Preferably, avoid weekends
  • For children below 5 years there are not many activities so do check the schedule on http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com
  • Comfortable clothes with proper walking shoes will help those tiny feet to walk tirelessly
  • Don’t forget to carry a light jacket and cap/scarf as its very breezy in the evening
  • Slip in your visiting card in child’s pocket or you can use school’s ID card
  • Pay and use toilet facility at Shri Coomarswamy Hall in the museum premise

Sharing glimpse of the festival through my mobile lens, I managed to click the pictures of the installations inside the museum lawns, as I was with my little girl and it was too risky to let go of her hand on rampart to take pictures.

 

 

Renooka
Living life is about my experiments with things around me, be it food, people, arts &crafts, DIYs…and many more.It is about the joy of making something unique, which enhances your spirit and gives you a reason to live life positively every day, enjoying every moment of that day, and being creative all the way. As correctly stated by an American poet Walt Whitman – “Do anything, but let it produce joy.” and this is what I like to follow.
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