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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019 – Sightings

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:


Check our posts about earlier festivals here:

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2018

6 Experiences at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017


Elsewhere in Art

Do read my other art related posts. I summarize what I loved most about India’s spectacular Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016: 5 reasons to visit Kochi-Muziris biennale  and 5 reasons to visit Sassoon Dock Art Project 2017 in Mumbai.



  1. Ok, here you go Sapna!!!!
    Finally I read your write up on Kala Ghoda. For long time I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes in your appreciation.
    The write up of Kala Ghoda is interesting. As usual you have composed it very well. It had depicted the picture of whole scenerio of the festival.
    It seems the quality of the art and ideas were not up to the mark. But on other side it seems that you were intrigued by percussionist Trilok Gurtu’s performance.
    The clicks are giving the ideas of the festival perfectly.
    I went further for more information on Kala Ghoda’s website. And read the children’s section. I became more curious to know about children’s activities of STEAM, the science with art. I found the idea very innovative and creative at the same time. In fact you could write about it, science with creativity and knowledge.
    One of my favourite area is story telling. I wanted to know about KITAB KHANA and the activities which could have been taken place.
    Keep writing, Sapna, as it’s truly inspiring for me. 😃👍

    1. Hi Sharmishtha,
      Thank you so much for reading the article. I truly enjoyed reading your detailed feedback. I am happy you browsed the Kala Ghoda website and read about other activities. I will try to cover the children’s section next time. Your suggestion for writing about science with creativity and knowledge is fantastic! I am personally very excited about the overlap of science and creativity and how they surprisingly gel very well together.

      I have been to Kitab Khana. Its a book store near Kala Ghoda and hosts events throughout the year. During the earlier festivals, I attended a literature event (book reading by the author ) and a performance by a Baul singer (Lakhan Das) at Kitab Khana. Both sessions used storytelling in completely different formats and I enjoyed them.

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