Kala Ghoda fest ends on a high note
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.
MAJESTIC MOMENT: The many colours of The Times of India Kala Ghoda Arts Festival