Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2013: Mumbai Wears It’s ‘Art’ On It’s Sleeves!

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Movie camera with cut-outs of famous Indian Stars

February will soon come to be known as the Arty month in Mumbai’s calendar, no prizes for guessing why! This is the time when Mumbai is immersed in myriad colours of arts and culture. The much awaited art fiesta in Mumbai, the Kalaghoda Arts festival has begun! While we have already updated you about Kalaghoda Arts Festival, now we bring you some snapshots from the fest that is on till the 10th of February, 2013.

Check out our video on the Kalaghoda Arts Festival from the Opening Day!

The festival started on Saturday and right from the first day it saw crowds thronging the Kala Ghoda district from all over the city. Art aficionados, students, families and tourists, all seemed to be taking in the flavour of the festival. The theme for this year is ‘Mumbai dreams… Art for change’.

Movie camera with cut-outs of famous Indian Stars
Movie camera with cut-outs of famous Indian Stars

The first thing we notice is ‘Celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema’ by Sumeet Patil. A huge statue of Dadasaheb Falke welcomes us and cut-outs of many popular film-stars adorn the life-size movie camera. The way they do it in movies!

Rampart Row – the street where all the action happens is decked up with art in almost every material imaginable, right from- plastic bottles to cardboard, worn out clothes to old eye-glasses, and cow-dung too! One can come across various other installations and art pieces. “The biggest irony is people taking pictures of this art piece with iPad and tablets” an artist commented on the installation about e-waste and its hazards. Yes, that was thought-provoking.

Plastic deluge’ by Varun Gupta, an IB school student was one of the many innovative ideas expressed there. He has suspended empty plastic bottles in a metal frame and when we walk through it, we hear the sound of rain! When asked about the concept, he said, “I just wanted to show the way we are paying nature back!” Artists have let their creative juices flow and I must admit it is indeed a visual delight.

After the sunset, the dance and music performances began. After inauguration in the quintessential Indian way of lighting a lamp by committee members of KGAF, it was the time for a Lezim performance by a group of school boys and girls. This was followed by an incredible Bharatnatyam performance by Rama Vaidyanathan which left everyone enthralled.

Well, this was just about the first day; and yet there’s lot to see and experience.  The Nav-ratri of art will be continued till 10th of February. Keep watching this space for more updates about it.

Have you visited the festival yet? How was your experience? Write to us at story@mumbaimag.com.

All photos by Omkar Padwal
Video by Lucid Illusions, Music by Paralights

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Loves classical and rock music alike, passionate about painting, writing, photography, travelling and eating!