Kala Ghoda fest ends on a high note

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: His silky long locks were miss­ing but the vel­vet in his voice was still in­tact. As singer Shaan belted out his pop­u­lar Indipop num­bers from the early noughts, he served up dol­lops of re­as­sur­ing nos­tal­gia to the crowd that thronged the Times of In­dia Kala Ghoda Arts Fes­ti­val on Sun­day. Smil­ing fans seemed to obey Shaan’s melo­di­ous plea to ‘Musu Musu Haasi Deu’, mak­ing sure that the 20th edi­tion of Mum­bai’s favourite cu­tu­ral car­ni­val ended on a high note.

In its 20th year, the fest lived up to its theme—the mea­sure of time—by not only liven­ing up the her­itage precinct of Ram­part Row with sym­bolic in­stal­la­tions but also bring­ing down artistes like Apache In­dian straight out of pop cul­ture obliv­ion. Self­ies broke out at var­i­ous venues in Fort dur­ing the nine­day fes­ti­val that also com­mem­o­rated the 150th birth an­niver­sary of Ma­hatma Gandhi with films, ses­sions and ex­hi­bi­tions.

The fes­ti­val was launched in 1999 by the Kala Ghoda As­so­ci­a­tion, a com­mit­tee that was formed to main­tain and pre­serve the her­itage and art dis­trict of south Mum­bai.

Be­sides Padma Vib­hushan flautist Pan­dit Hari Prasad Chaura­sia’s per­for­mance, this year’s high­lights saw Jus­tice Dhanan­jaya Yesh­want Chan­drachud, a sit­ting SC judge, dis­cussing the im­pli­ca­tions of Sec­tion 377. If pint-sized pa­trons wrote ar­dent let­ters to the Pres­i­dent in a work­shop, the­atre and stand-up com­edy lovers emerged from ses­sions with wide smiles. We can as­sure you that at least one man—who dared to at­tend an all-women stand-up ses­sion in an or­ange tur­ban—is bound to re­mem­ber co­me­dian Anu Menon for a spe­cial rea­son.

Shailesh Warang

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