Sunday, February 12, 2012 is the final day of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2012. Following are the pictures and details of the Main Events on Sunday, 12 February, at the 2012 Kala Ghoda Festival: (Click on link for schedule of 2012 Kala Ghoda Arts Festival)
MUSIC CONCERTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
These are the most eagerly awaited events at Kala Ghoda. Sunday has two music concerts at the Asiatic Library steps. The first event starting at 6:30pm is Indian classical music by “Jayateerth Mevundi” of the “Kirana Gharana”. This is followed by a music concert by Music Directors “Vishal and Shekhar” at 8:30pm. This concert will rock the house. Vishal & Shekhar have composed hit music for Hindi movies Ra.One, The Dirty Picture, Dostana, Om Shanti Om, Jhankaar Beats, Salaam Namaste, Bluffmaster, Tashan, Dus, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani……
NOTE: Since the music concerts are very popular, they are also very crowded. Arrive one hour before start of concert to get a decent seat. Seats in the middle of the Asiatic steps are the best. On Saturday Feb 11, the Asiatic Library Steps were overflowing with people for the concert. Once the show started, it was near impossible to get onto the steps. This led to some people doing crazy things like climbing the walls and railings to get onto the Asiatic Steps. Concrete that holds the railing in place is coming off. The railing on the right of the Asiatic Steps (towards VT) sways when people lean against it. There is a strong possibility that it may collapse if too many people lean against it.
SOME SUGGESTIONS for those who are planning to visit the music concerts on Sunday, Feb 12.
- Reach early (at least 1 hour before start) if you want a seat on the steps.
- Once on the steps forget about a toilet break, because you will not be able to get back to your seat.
- Vishal-Shekhar’s concert will attract large crowds. Be prepared.
- Stay away from the railing; both on the steps and under them.
- If you are late, watch the concert from the side. There are large screens where action on the stage is shown. The sides are less crowded.
- Ladies planning on coming alone may want to reconsider and come with a group of friends.
CHILDREN EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
There are 9 children’s workshops starting from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm. All the Children’s events are in the Museum garden which is at the entrance of the Museum. Most workshops are for one hour. POP, Canvas Painting, Raag-a-song, Appreciate Art, Making Music are some of the highlights. Please also view the Literature Section for some interesting children’s events (Fantasy Fiction, How to Write a Comic). Please refer to the Film section for a screen of “Stanley Ka Dabba” (Max Mueller, 11:00am). There is also a Heritage Treasure Hunt for school children (please refer to Heritage Section). There is a Vintage Car Fun Ride for Kids organised by WIAA on 12th February 2012 at 8:30 am at Rampart Row.
NOTE: There are limited seats at workshops and they get filled early. Last weekend there were many disappointed (and angry) parents because the workshops were full and they could not register their kids. Our advice is that your register your children as soon as you reach Kala Ghoda. You may also want to register at email id email@example.com.
FILM EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
There are 6 excellent movies on Sunday, Feb 12. The highlights are “The Dirty Picture” (Museum Viewing Gallery, 6:30pm), “Stanley Ka Dabba” (Max Mueller, 11:00am) which won Partho Gupte a special Filmfare Mention and the esoteric cult film “The Science of Sleep” (Museum Viewing Gallery, 2:30pm). In addition, please refer to the Literature section for a discussion on “Rajneeti” with Prakash Jha and a talk with Anupam Kher.
NOTE: Please arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the start of the film. Last Sunday some visitors had to return disappointed because the halls were full.
DANCE EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
The eagerly awaited “Interpreting Tagore” by Astad Deboo Dance Company is a beautiful contemporary fusion of Kathak, Kalari, Southern Classical, Buddhist martial arts, Sufi influences, yoga and gigantic puppets choreographed by Astad Deboo. Event starts at 6:30pm. In addition there are events on contemporary dance, Bharat Natyam and Indian Folk Dance. All events are at Cross Maidan starting from 6:00 pm.
LITERATURE EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
There are 9 literary events at the Kala Ghoda Festival on Sunday, Feb 12. It is difficult to choose any specific event because all 9 events are very exciting. Events include a discussion with Prakash Jha on the making of “Rajneeti”, Anupam Kher will discuss his book ““The Best Thing about You is You”, Poetry Jam session, discussion with Kiran Nagarkar, Fantasy Fiction for kids, comic workshop for kids, discussion on Bombay, discussion with Dilip D’Souza, Kiran Nagarkar, Mehlli Gobhai and workshop on Film writing.
Most of the activity is at David Sassoon. 3 events are at BNHS and one workshop is at Elphinstone college.
FOOD EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
Noted restaurateur, Rahul Akerkar of Indigo and Neel will discuss the art of food.
WORKSHOPS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
5 interesting workshops on Sunday. “Ceramic & Glass Hand Painting“, “Photography – How & Why“, “Caricatures, Cartoons & Columns“, “Street photography” (registration required), “Changing Face of Music & Dance“.
HERITAGE WALKS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
There is an interesting “Heritage Treasure Hunt” for school children starting at 8.30 am. For enquiries, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kitab Khana on 982075256. Being a holiday, there are two Heritage Bus tours around the landmarks of South Mumbai. No email registration for these tours. Register and collect your tickets from Rhythm House at Kala Ghoda. Shraddha Bhatawadekar will conduct a tour of Crawford Market area that starts at 10:00 am opposite Metro Cinema.
STREET EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
There are 7 Street events on Sunday. All 7 events are at the Amphitheatre at Rampart Row (middle of K Dubash Marg). The events are folk dances from all over India. In the evening, this place will be jam packed. Arrive early to get a seat at the Amphitheatre.
THEATRE EVENTS ON SUNDAY, 12 FEB, AT 2012 KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL
Divya Palat will present her play “Four-Play” at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) at 6:30pm and Kali Theatre will present their play “Queen Mandodari” at Gallery Beyond at 7:00pm. Since the theaters are small and there is bound to be a rush on Sunday, we suggest you reach the venue early.