The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019 was held between 2nd and 10th February. Just like the years before, I am bringing you my top sightings from the festival.
Kala Ghoda (meaning ‘black horse’ in Hindi) is an art precinct in Mumbai named after a statue installed here. This is the 20th year of this festival and I have been visiting ever since it started. With every passing year, I feel older and nostalgic about the once thought provoking installations that the festival was associated with. The craft stalls featured some truly exceptional artisans and designers, a treasure that I looked forward to buying.
This year though, I found many tacky installations, design college projects and uninspiring stalls. Its disheartening to see this sliding of standards but I still visit every year hoping to spot fresh talent and some of the former glory.
The high-point this year was watching, the one and only- world class, virtuoso percussionist – Trilok Gurtu, perform live. That singlehandedly washed away all the disappointment I had after watching the installations. So ultimately I still remain hopeful.
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More on Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a multicultural festival, held in February each year in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit: www.kalaghodaassociation.com
Check our posts about earlier festivals here:
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