And Why Haven’t You Been To The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Yet?

And Why Haven’t You Been To The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Yet?
Colourful decorations light up this year's KGAF

We give you the highlights of the festival—don’t miss out!

Bhavika Govil
February 07 , 2019
04 Min Read

Every year, when the attendees of the Jaipur Literature Festival are recovering from the aftermath of the literary event, another cultural extravaganza shakes them from underneath their feet. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, fondly abbreviated as the KGAF one of Mumbai’s largest arts festivals that takes place every February.

The KGAF is a favourite among Mumbai residentsAs the cobbled streets are blocked in one of South Bombay’s most posh (read: expensive) areas, Kala Ghoda transforms into a carnival ground, with a food walk here, a new performance there, with nobody unentertained. In 2019, as it hosts its 20th edition—no mean feat—of the festival, we list out a few events that make that kaali-peeli ride worth it.


Will walk for food

You can't say no to Irani chai!Food walks, although an oxymoron in themselves, are exciting things. Take a look at the Irani chai walk on the 9th of February as you visit café to café in Kala Ghoda district. Has there ever been a more tempting reason to exercise?

Art dekho

Last year, Mumbai’s parcel of art deco buildings were given the Unesco World Heritage tag. Walk around South Mumbai on an Art Deco Walk with architecture experts to understand the architectural style and learn to identify it. This takes place on 8th February and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Did someone say Flamenco?

It's the best of both worlds with FlamencoKathaaTwo fusion performances have caught our eye—a odissi and flamenco duo on the 7th of February at Cross Maidan and FlamencoKathaa, a cross of Flamenco, and—take a guess—kathak on the 9th at Cross Maidan. Get ready to vicariously tap your feet. 


What’s life, specifically an arts festival, without some drama? A few plays to look out for at the KGAF are Ek Ka Teen (Feb 7th), Ballygunge 1990 (Feb 8th) and Adrak (Feb 10th)


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Following @thegreaterbombay on Instagram religiously? Us too! As journalist and Bombay resident Rachel Lopez takes trusty kaali-peeli cabs around town, she takes a daily picture with the colourful and often weird taxi ceilings she looks up at. At an offline exhibit of the same, you can meet Lopez, get a quick picture with the ceilings printed as backdrops and extoll the virtues of Bombay. Exhibit: Taxi Tops

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