Kala Ghoda Festival: It’s All About The Arts

Vibrant colours around you, a brightly lit place, performers on the street; you know you are at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Being one of the much anticipated festivals in Mumbai, it’s the time when the city takes to the streets. Nine days filled with arts, culture, music and more, you would probably need an extra pair of eyes to capture the entire festival. On 4th February, 2012 the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival came alive with different things to look forward to this year.

With ample choices laid out to cater to different interests, what caught my eyes were the various installations. Apart from the black horse created from scrap metal, tyres and plastic as an ode to Kala Ghoda, the rest depict the shades of reality. Some of my personal favourites at the festival were:

Crow as Common Man

The other version of the common man of Mumbai. The crow as a common man by Sumeet Snajay Patil is an installation of a crow that has been painted with human faces depicting the harsh problems faced by the commoner.

Peace and Silent Noise

 Living in a city like Mumbai, you can barely escape the constant noise. Peace and Silent Noise by Saini Johray explains the increasing noise pollution where you can see a carving of a ear trying to block the noise generated as another one sits in a mediating position.

Smoking Is Injurious To Health

Smoking is injurious to health, an installation by Kuldeep, Naresh, Mayura and Meenal aims at spreading the consequences of constant smoking. The thought provoking installation by the four artists has bones covered with blood surrounding a bunch of cigarette buts.

Big Catch

Big Catch by Parag Tandel is a symbolic gesture to his community as he brings forth the fact of how garbage is being dumped into the sea leading to the extinction of many species of fishes. The installation has nets in the shape of fishes dumped with the junk thrown in the water.

Apart from these, the other installations that draw your attention is A CRY To Nourish by the NGO CRY where more than 500 spoons form a large chime. If the installation does not catch your attention, the sound of the spoons created by the breeze surely will. Beautifully done, it is an interactive installation which tries to spread the message of the condition of under nourishment in the country and how we can fight it by just contributing a little.

Another interactive installation is the A-mazing by Brinda Miller and Arzan Khambatta. It is a maze created by an assortment of Bisleri bottles.

Also, don’t forget to have a look at Handcart – A Symbol Of Human Endeavour by Amisha Mehta and Prakashbal Joshi where the handcart has an image of a human puller that symbolises the pain of the workers.

- Esha Chanda

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