Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2020
The twenty-first edition of KGAF 2020 is open to the public from February 1 and runs until 9 February 2020.
Timings: 10 am-10 pm
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 last 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! And here I am in 2020 again to explore Kala Ghoda with my 8 year old daughter.
Kala Ghoda for Children
Kala Ghoda Art Festival – has something for everyone – from visual artists to book lovers. But, above all, it is also a festival for children. There is separate section for children every year. It is a perfect opportunity for parents to expose their kids to varied art forms in a fun, casual atmosphere. In fact, beyond arts, KGAF also conducts various events in fields of science as well for kids.
Children Events at KGAF 2020
At Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2020 there are 61 Children events. Children’s activity-based events and workshops are held at the Museum lawn (Museum Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, “CSMVS” for short). Children’s Literature events are held at Kitab Khana (ground floor of Somaiya Bhavan near Flora Fountain statue), Somaiya Centre, Horniman Circle, and NGMA. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has an outreach program for Mumbai schools where they conduct sessions at schools.
This year, children events at Kala Ghoda Festival are focused on the start of every ingenious creation – dot. When that dot goes for a walk, it becomes a line.
The activities tagline for building dotted connections with children this year is ‘Lets connect the dots in free space, using beads and wires and create magic.’
There is a sub-section focused on children literature. Another interesting event is ‘EIdgah – Premchand ki Kahani Dastangoi ki Zubani’ An engaging format of children’s theatre that dramatizes Premchand’s ‘Idgah’, drawing inspiration from the Dastangoi style of enactment, initiating children to two of India’s narrative cultures.
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” when I attended in 2017.
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 ceramicdo 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 as it can get very crowded
- 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
- Here is the schedule for all events for children at Kala Ghoda Festival 2020
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.