The Changing Face of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Mumbai’s well known Kala Ghoda Arts festival 2009 took place last week and our one visit showed us two different sides of Kala Ghoda. On one hand the art display and the message behind each installation was impressive as usual.
Most of the creative work brought to the forefront the undeniable issues facing our world today, environmental issues, water conservation, the state of the city, pollution, terrorism, poverty, and so on.
But on the other hand we felt that the arts festival, which has always been a platform of creativity, was overshadowed by huge turnout of crowd. There was no space to walk or crawl, but just move in slow motion, how many admired the art, I have my doubts.
We reached there by late afternoon and we saw some of the the handicraft stalls, which were the same as last year, pottery, clothes, footwear, ethnic jewelery etc.
Then we are greeted by creativity, green thoughts and recycled junk converted into thoughts to ponder. Although the festival seemed as if its dulled over the years, at least from the time I started going for it few years back.
This one was called the The 8th Wonder of the World, a 40-feet high pyramid with 3 different kinds of water-related objects, its theme being water conservation. That’s the need of the hour to save water. Ganeshs made from cycles, scrap and junk materials.
This was just a glimpse into some fantastic pieces of art, you can find more pictures of Kala Ghoda festival on Mumbai blog.
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