Kala Ghoda arts festival is a much talked about event in Mumbai. One of the most popular Arts event.

There was no doubt in my mind that I had to visit the place. Unfortunately, I ended up choosing a very wrong time – Last day of the festival, Sunday, and Valentine’s day.

This is how I had imagined being part of the festival – Walking around appreciating the art installations, reading the artist’s description of the art, sipping tea somewhere, sitting around a corner soaking in the sun and the art.

This is how it actually went – figure out the end of queue (which did seem like it was going up to the sun), crawl to get an entry into the place, crawl further to reach any place close to an installation to be able to see what’s there, Clicking picture with the installation was a lot of expectations, there was obviously no place to sit, there was barely enough place to walk.

I left much earlier than I had thought I would. It also made me question if making the entry free of cost at such events is a good idea.

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Made of teabags

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To give an idea of the crowd

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The golden peacock

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That’s Gandhi. I guess I was looking from a wrong angle

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The quintessential ‘Bollywood’

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Final Verdict on Kala Ghoda Arts Festival:

It’s a brilliant platform for artists to display their artwork, and for the people to be a part of this event. However, I would recommend if you have a choose then choose a day and time when the crowd would be less.


Manisha Singh

I'm an HR (IT) Consultant by profession who loves traveling to keep from getting caught up in the monotony of regular life. I quit my job in Oct 2016 to take a career break. I'm using my time to travel around South America. When not traveling I love spending time volunteering for various activities ranging from Art to corporate citizenship. I love Running (5k mostly), reading (interest keeps varying here), playing TT (something I picked up recently), and open to just about any new experience.

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