Kalaghoda Art Festival 2014 – 1 to 9 Feb – Things to do

The KalaGhoda Arts Festival, the much awaited and the most iconic festival in Mumbai is back this February. This Arts festival needs no introduction.  A perfect amalgamation of art, theatre, culture, dance, food, literature etc., is scheduled between 1st  to 9th February at the Kalaghoda Art District in south Mumbai. This 166 years old festival recorded more than 150,000 footfalls last year. People from all over the world come here to witness this vibrant festival.

Kalaghoda Art Festival 2014

Bollywood ka Jalwa

Funds raised from the festival go towards the restoration and upkeep of the area. Several heritage buildings and institutions in the area have benefited from this. It offers various programs in visual art, music, theatre, dance, street acts, heritage walks, literature and workshops for children as well as adults during the week-long event. At the Kalaghoda Arts Festival, there is absolutely no discrimination.  It is open to all and entry is free for all events, workshops, theatrical acts, etc.  In fact, celebrities also participate in this festival along with the masses without any inhibition. Not only can you see celebrities mingling freely with everyone, you can also meet renowned artists, authors, performers and other who’s-who in the city. It is also a favorite place to strike a bargain at the various stalls selling art, clothes, fashion jewelry and much more.

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MumbaiGloss has selected a handful of events for you to do during Kalaghoda Art Festival 2014 which are not to be missed:

Music:

The festival will see music Launch of the movie Queen starring Kangna Ranaut. Amit Trivedi and Kangna Ranaut will launch the soundtrack for Queen at Cross Maidan on 2nd Feb at 9pm! So if you are a diehard fan of Kangna or if you are grooving to the latest ‘London thumakda’, then here is your chance to be at the music launch.

Handsome brothers Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan will enthrall the masses with their Hindustani classical and world fusion music on Feb 8 at 6:00 pm on the Asiatic Steps. Even if you don’t understand classical music, go there to see the new generation young music masters in action.

Kalaghoda Art Festival 2014

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan

Bollywood actor and singer Farhan Akhtar will perform live on Feb 9 at 7:45 pm at the Asiatic steps. Rock on Farhan! I will certainly not miss this.

Heritage walks:

If  you are interested to know the city closely and would want to see significant milestones in the history of Mumbai then do participate in the ‘heritage walks’ conducted by the festival organisers. Every day, a walk has been planned, mapping the monuments, the culture and the identity which has now become part of history. I highly recommend walk in the premises of Bomaby High Court on Feb 1 at 1 pm. It is the second largest building after the CST, constructed in the late 19th century designed by Col. J. Fuller of the Royal Engineers, with the imposing turrets, massive central court room, towers surmounted by statues representing Mercy and Justice. Also, an open bus tour will operate every day at various timings starting opposite Regal Cinema. It’s a tour of the South Mumbai Heritage for an hour, and you will witness landmarks like the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai University, High Court, Victoria Terminus, Asiatic Society and many more. The bus will return to the starting point on completion of the tour. Enjoy the breezy and refreshing ride in the pleasant Mumbai evening.

Last year's Vespa

Last year’s Vespa

Food Workshops:

If food makes your world a happier place then so be it. You can learn to create your own Mexican, French and Parsi delicacies. Learn from the renowned chefs like Maya Dastoor who will showcase her Mexican cooking skills with Enchiladas from scratch, Guacamole and a Salsa and refried bean salad on Feb 1 between 1 pm to 3 pm at Westside. Sanjana Patel, head chef of La Folie Patisserie will demonstrate how to make a homemade macaroon ice cream and hand painted artisan chocolate bon bons. Come and enjoy a session that will encompass the best of modern French pastry and confectionary making on Feb 4 between 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Westside. Perzen Patel of Bawi Bride fame will teach you to make Parsi food at home on Feb 9 between 1 pm to 3 pm at Westside. There are other workshops by various restaurants as well.

Last year's art installation

Last year’s art installation

Art and dance workshop:

If art makes your heart beat faster then there are several reasons for your heart to go happy. Mumbaigloss recommends that you try making beautiful 3D sculptures through paper mesh.  Rajendra Gole will teach you to sculpt with paper mesh between 12p to 2:30 pm at Artisan’s on Feb 2.  He works with paper, glue and dentist’s tools to create three dimensional sculptures and paintings complete to the minutest detail of form and expression.

Learn ballroom dancing and Haiti Kompa by Michael Francois Jacques from Miami, USA on Feb 7 between 5 -7 pm at Artisans.

Last year's art installation

Last year’s art installation

 Movies:

Enjoy a line-up of movies and documentaries that echoes the brilliant history of the Indian cinema like Fearless – The Hunterwali with Fearless Nadia. The new generation should know the first ever woman who did real stunts on Indian celluloid without any doubles or hi-tech equipment. Chimpanzee – a heart touching story of a 3-months-old chimpanzee who is separated from his group and is then adopted by a fully-grown male. In search of Guru Dutt, a documentary on the life and work of Indian actor, writer, director and producer of Hindi films Guru Dutt to mark his 25th death anniversary. The movies will run on various dates at various timings.

Children:

Participate in the book launch of ‘My Gandhi Story’ between 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Kitabkhana on Feb 2. Nina Sabnani and Ankit Chadha present a very visual story of Gandhi for young children, a book that came out in a unique collaboration between a Warli artist, a filmmaker and a story teller visual story of Gandhi. (For Children above 5 years)

Get your little science enthusiasts to visit IRoboKids on Feb 2 between 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Museum Gardens. Mycity4kids.com presents a peek into the world of robotics, and a chance to assemble your own robot! (Age Group: 8 to 14 years)

Apart from this you can also see puppet shows, street plays, juggling acts, traditional folk dances, and a lot more. Get ready Mumbai, the art and beauty extravaganza, Kalaghoda Art Festival 2014 is right here.

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