Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is undoubtedly India’s biggest cultural street festival and all set to deliver an enthralling commemoration of 20 years since its inception. The festival will celebrate two glorious decades of art and culture, across various forms and communities including design, cinema, theatre, dance, literature and much more, from February 2 to 10 at the iconic art district of Kala Ghoda in Mumbai.
Along with the regular artistic and cultural display at the festival, here’s a list of 20 special things to look forward to at the 20th anniversary edition of the Kala Ghoda Art Festival:
Culinary delights: Celebrated Indian pastry chef Pooja Dhingra will be launching her book at the festival. Pooja, along with American chef Tiffany Derry, will also host culinary workshops for the attendees.
Documentary screening: Renowned director Khalid Mohammad will showcase a special documentary on the Irani Cafes of the city at the festival.
The Magic of Flute: World renowned flautist, Padma Vibhushan award winner, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia will grace the stage of Cross Maidan.
Musical notes: Sisters Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar will enthrall the audience with their performance at the festival.
A treat for the movie enthusiasts: A special interaction with the cast and crew of ‘Tumbbad’ and ‘Badhaai Ho’ will give the audience an in-depth and different perspective on the movies.
The evergreen Shaan: Popular chartbuster Tanha Dil by Shaan also completes 20 years in 2019. The festival will see the singer croon this special tune much to the delight of the listeners in addition to a mix of his old and new set of songs.
The National Heroes: Panel discussion on 26/11 attacks and its survivors to be conducted by patrons of the literary world.
Get Set Drone: Gaurav Singh will be conducting a demo and DIY session and workshop of fun and drones titled “Get set Drone”.
More Stalls, More Shopping: The 20th edition of the festival will have stalls in a way that after 5 days, newer set of products will be offered to the visitors. Expansion in the variety offered to the audience will give them a chance to revisit the stalls each day.
For the theatre lovers: Theatre legend Suchithra Krishnamurthy will showcase a special theatre performance at the festival.
Literature: Award-winning author Githa Hariharan will talk about her major release I Have Become The Tide and her journey as an author. She will cover various aspects of societal fragility through the context of her novel with Ranjit Hoskote.
Touch a chord: A special performance will be seen by violinist Sunita Bhuyan, a renowned social activist recognized by the Vatican for her work towards underprivileged children.
People Called Kala Ghoda: The Kala Ghoda Association will also be releasing a book curated by The People Place Project, featuring experiences shared by people of the precinct and those associated with the festival for over two decades; it is a cultural narrative on the genesis and the 20-year history of the festival.
Hit the Dance floor: Artists Sunayana Hazarilal (Padmashree winner), Mansi Salve, Rukmini and Shakti Mohan will enthrall the audience by their performances.
Dance it out: A specially choreographed amalgamation of 20 dance forms across categories (from western to Indian classical to bring forth a fusion) will be presented at the festival.
From the expert’s corner: Hon. Justice Dr DY Chandrachud will throw some light on the power of the Indian Constitution in safeguarding society, art, history and culture.
Heritage Walk: Heritage walks to showcase the city and its monuments as they were 20 years ago and how they are today. These walks will consist of 20 major pit stops with every pit stop highlighting the significance of what the same stands for.
150 years of Mahatma Gandhi: With the father of the nation turning 150, the festival will pay its tribute to Mahatma Gandhi honouring him via activities and events taking place in this year’s edition of the festival.
Women talk: There will be a special all-women panel of Marathi writers who will discuss the various aspects of literature in regional languages and its nuances.
2 decades of movies: This year the festival will be screening 4 special movies that will be marking the completion of 20 years since its release.