Make it a Kala Ghoda weekend

Make it a Kala Ghoda weekend
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First Published: Wed, Feb 11 2009. 07 13 PM IST

 Artworks on display at the Kala Ghoda pavements
Artworks on display at the Kala Ghoda pavements
Updated: Wed, Feb 11 2009. 07 13 PM IST
Some of us haven’t missed the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival ever since its first year, 1999. This writer covered parts of it for the newspaper that had hired her as a cub reporter that year. After a decade, it has become some sort of an annual ritual—you know there will be some familiar faces, some surprises, some dull really moments and some performers or events that will make you take notice. (The food stalls and the gala parking lot music performance have never let us down.)
Artworks on display at the Kala Ghoda pavements
Over the years, Mumbai’s annual arts festival that celebrates music, dance, theatre, film and literature, has grown bigger in scale—and perhaps even in popularity, judging by the sheer number of people present at some events last weekend. There are many more varieties of events now—from Hebrew qawwali performances to children’s literature and everything in between. It has managed to embrace the hoi polloi to the world of the arts, as it started out to do.
But in impact and sheer quality, the festival has dulled over the years. Where are the big artists, the big names, alongside the young and emerging? Where are the unique creative collaborations? Where are the big ideas and the larger curatorial vision?
The festival sorely lacks the patronage of great creative minds—writers, performers and artists from all parts of the country who can propel it to a global level. It was never meant to be a city festival. More events, albeit some really creative and unusual ones, don’t necessarily mean ‘big’. The Kala Ghoda Association, which organizes the festival, needs to ask these questions through the year as they prepare for the festival.
This year’s menu has a very interesting section on literature curated by writer Peter Griffin. Visually, it’s a treat as you walk along the pavements. In keeping with the larger theme of environment, some of the city’s artists have created 44 installations in plastic. You can’t miss or forget the plastic, Subodh Gupta-esque dome of multi-coloured plastic buckets made by artists Krsna Mehta and Brinda Miller. Regional languages get a platform and so does some eclectic music performances. (See our pick). “This year, our budget is much smaller, but events are more varied. We have included young, unknown talent and like every passing year, this year too, people from suburbs and the island city are coming in great numbers,” says Pallavi Sahney Sharma, CEO, Kala Ghoda Association.
Here’s our pick of events from today till its last day:
12 February, Thursday A Ballad for Ballet
Dancer Shifa Sarkar conducts a workshop with children on how to dance like animals using ballet steps
At the Kala Ghoda parking lot, at 5.30pm
Shaan the Snow Leopard and Climate Change
A children’s flash presentation of Al Gore’ Climate project India organized by Anjuli Pundit of Climtae Change India
At the amphitheatre, at 7pm
An installation near the Horniman Circle Garden
Open Mic
Writers who combine writing with performance get a chance to deliver a two-minute performance
At the David Sassoon Library gardens, at 6pm and 8pm
The Sid Malunga Project
A screening of the documentary The Sid Malunga Project
At M.C. Ghia Hall, at 8.20 pm
13 February, Friday Footprints
An experimental dance recital by the Anurekha Ghosh Company, UK, combines kathak, flamenco, ballet and Sufi music
At the amphitheatre, at 7.30pm
Traditional Indian Street Magic
Magicians from Faridabad show their wizardry
At Rampart Row, at 5pmA
All The Best
A staging of the play ‘All The Best’ directed by Feroze Abbas Khan
At the Horniman Circle Gardens, at 7.30pm
Premier
A screening of ‘Ocean of an Old Man’
At Eros Cinema, at 9.45pm
An installation near the Kala Ghoda parking lot
14 February Crawford Market Walk
Bombay Heritage Walks conducts a guided tour of Mumbai’s architecture from Metro Cinema to Crawford Market
Starts at Elphinstone Technical Institute, at 10am
Shankar Ehsaan Loy Night
A concert by the acclaimed music director trio
At Asiatic Library steps, at 8.30pm
Art Impressions
Young art enthusiasts from the Dhirubhai Ambani International School in an interactive session with artist Brinda Miller
At the Kala Ghoda parking lot, at 10.30am
Little Pencils
A two-session workshop of short story writing by children led by Neeru Nanda.
At the BNHS auditorium, at 11am. To register write to kalaghodaworkshops@gmail.com
Writing in the time of terror
Writers Sonia Jabbar, Meenakshi Bharat and Omair Ahmed talk about how they have dealt with conflict in their works.
At David Sassoon Library Garden, at 7.20pm
15 February Something Relevant
A jazz/rock concert by the band Something Relevant
At the amphitheatre, at 5.30pm
A Mystery for MindNuts
A sleuthing session with Aniruddha Sengupta where participants will have to solve a mystery
At BNHS auditorium, at 6pm
Who Says It’s Easy
A screening of the Argentinian film ‘Who Says It’s Easy’
At MC Ghia Hall, at 3.30pm
Bollywood music
A concert by singer Shaan
At Asiatic Library steps, at 8.30pm
For more details visit www.kalaghodaassociation.com
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