Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Held annually every February in and around the heritage precinct of Kala Ghoda in south Mumbai, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) is one of the country’s longest-running and most prominent neighbourhood festivals. Launched in 1999 and organised by the Kala Ghoda Association with a vision to create and spread awareness especially among those with limited access and exposure to culture, the nine-day festival draws lakhs of visitors from across Mumbai and beyond.
They congregate to view, watch and participate in exhibitions, performances and workshops in several verticals such as comedy, dance, film, food, heritage, literature, music, theatre, urban design and architecture, visual art and events for children.
The music concerts are among the many highlights and have included those by Indian classical legends such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan and Zakir Hussain as well as Hindi film music stalwarts like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sonu Nigam and Farhan Akhtar. Dancers Mallika Sarabhai and Aditi Mangaldas and theatre actor-director Nadira Babbar are among the several other veterans who have performed at KGAF over the years.
Equally popular at the festival are the well-curated shopping stalls, which are supplemented by kalaghodaartkart.com, an online marketplace that opened in December 2021 to showcase works by artists, craftsmen and small-scale enterprises from all over the country. While the 2021 edition was held digitally, the in-person 2022 instalment, which was scheduled to take place in February, has been postponed to a later date.
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Highlights from the Past
How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1 or the domestic terminal was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from other airports. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run, as well as private buses, operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry summer clothes to beat the humidity in Mumbai.
2. Sandals, flip flops, sneakers — wear comfortable shoes and ensure your feet are summer-ready too!
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About the Organiser
Kala Ghoda Association
The Kala Ghoda Association was formed in 1998 to preserve and refurbish the heritage…
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