ALL HEART FOR THE HARA GHODA

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One of Asia’s big­gest cul­tural fes­ti­vals, the Hin­dus­tan Times Kala Ghoda Arts fes­ti­val (HTKGAF) at­tracts its au­di­ence from far and wide. Stu­dents, teach­ers, of­fice­go­ers and fam­i­lies - peo­ple from all walks of life come to at­tend the art ex­trav­a­ganza that takes place ev­ery year in the heart of the city. Some come to the city of dreams to make it big and a cul­tural fes­ti­val like the HTKGAF surely gives them a rea­son to stop and ap­pre­ci­ate things

around them.

Years ago, Har­shad Thakkar, CMD Asha­pura In­ti­mates Fash­ions came to Mum­bai from Kutch, Gu­jarat with hopes to mak­ing it big as a busi­ness­man. He did suc­ceed, but at the same time, Thakkar didn’t for­get his re­spon­si­bil­ity as a na­ture lov­ing cit­i­zen to cre­ate aware­ness of pro­tect­ing mother Earth.

This year when the theme of HTKGAF pro­motes the mes­sage of be­ing eco-friendly, Thakkar r saw a great op­por­tu­nity to do his bit through his in­ti­mate-wear brand

Valen­tines for Hara Ghoda.

At the venue of the fes­ti­val, the brand has set up a Valen­tines Lounge where the vis­i­tors of the fes­ti­val can sit and re­lax. “We have come all the way from Vashi for the fes­ti­val and plan to stay al­most the en­tire day around the fes­ti­val area. This seat­ing ar­range­ment is a big re­lief for peo­ple like me who get tired of walk­ing af­ter a point,” says Pra­jakta Mane a vis­i­tor at the fest.

Many se­nior cit­i­zens who are en­thu­si­as­tic about the HTKGAF were also glad that this year proper ar­range­ments were in place for them to en­joy the fes­ti­val. 7272-yearyear-old Bri­jesh Singh says, “I usu­ally avoid go­ing to events which do not pro­vide a place to sit for se­nior cit­i­zens. We too want to en­joy art. We too want to do our bit in help­ing save the en­vi­ron­ment. I’ve come be­cause I was told this year they have this lounge sys­tem where one can re­lax, and en­joy the spirit of the fes­ti­val.” He adds, “I’ve come with my fam­ily. They have gone to the other end to look at the in­stal­la­tion and I’m happy to wait for them here.”

Cou­ples were also seen pos­ing with the Valen­tine heart and en­joy­ing their time at the lounge.“We are happy to be as­so­ci­ated with the HTKGAF 2018 that has taken up this won­der­ful cause of sen­si­tis­ing peo­ple to go green through art and en­ter­tain­ment. I hope we all will do our best and make sure we work to­wards mak­ing our im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings worth liv­ing,” says Thakkar.

Valen­tine has also in­stalled heart on cards and sus­pended it from a tree at the Ram­part Row area de­pict­ing their love for a healthy and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment and city. Apart from the lounge and the tree, Valen­tine’s t-shirt in­stal­la­tion is also grab­bing eye­balls.

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