Kala Talao fest in Kalyan be­gins on tra­di­tional note

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Kala Talao in Kalyan ( West) has come alive as its an­nual fes­ti­val started on Fri­day.

Pop­u­larly known as Kala Talao Ma­hot­sav, the three-day fes­ti­val is be­ing or­gan­ised by Sa­maved­hana Pratishthan for the past seven years.

Fri­day, the first day of the fes­ti­val, had a line- up of in­ter­est­ing events such as archery, Malkhamb, pot­tery and chess com­pe­ti­tion.

The fes­ti­val will con­tinue till Sun­day.

Vis­i­tors tried their hands at archery and pot­tery.

“K ala Ta lao fes­ti­val is some­thing we al­ways look for­ward to. The fes­ti­val along the lake is worth vis­it­ing. The archery demon­stra­tion was an at­trac­tion to­day,” said Sachin Kadam, 43, who was at the fes­ti­val with his two sons.

Ev­ery year, the fes­ti­val has a wide range of dif­fer­ent en­ter t ain­ment events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

On Satur­day morn­ing, sev­eral paint­ings based on Swachh Bharat theme would be on dis­play. On Sun­day, a live or­ches­tra per­for­mance will be at­trac­tion. Po­ems of Mangesh Padgaonkar will also be sung.

Pres­i­dent of Sa­mavedana Pratishthan Deepak Brid said: “Ev­ery year, we or­gan­ise the fes­ti­val at this his­toric place. Foot­fall in­creases dur­ing the fes­ti­val. Our aim is to make peo­ple aware of the im­por­tance of wa­ter bod­ies and pre­serve them.”

The Kala Talao is spread on 21 acres with a sprawl­ing gar­den. It is well-pre­served and a boat­ing fa­cil­ity for vis­i­tors.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

Kids per­form Malkhamb at the Kalyan fest.

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