Kala Ghoda- Spend a morning getting to know the gargoyles that crouch atop the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, learn the many ways of draping a sari, or spend the afternoon with a connoisseur of cheese at a cheese tasting.
If you are looking to do something different, there’s no better place than the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival starting 4 February. Learn a new skill, try your hand at a new craft, or just walk along and listen.
A total of 60 workshops and 20 heritage walks will take participants on journeys through time and space, revisiting the history that has shaped the city we love.
“We have added an additional venue for workshops this year since the response to our workshops was phenomenal in 2016. Apart from the Artisans’ gallery and the Somaiya Centre, we are hosting workshops at the Jehangir Art Gallery too,” says section curator Ami Patel.
The heritage walks will trace Mumbai’s dramatic transformation into the country’s financial capital, touching upon vital areas such as the city’s rail network and movie history. Also on the cards is a dramatised walk around Kala Ghoda titled Poetry in Motion. Inspired by poems on Kala Ghoda by Arun Kolatkar, it will see actors enact anecdotes from the history of establishments such as the David Sassoon library and Café Military.
A walk called Dramatic Cinematic Operatic Mumbai will throw light on the newly opened Opera House, and take participants through the restoration process and its importance as one of the last surviving opera venues in the country.