Monday, February 11, 2008

Kalaghoda festival 2008

The week that was, was one that saw Bombay's arterati deck out in its technicolour best. For those in the know it is a week that India's money spinning city dances a colourful jig, sings a soulful song and finds the time to stop and stare. The Kalaghoda festival puts together an interesting mix of the visual arts, theater, film and literature. Here's my montage- quick impressions of the festival. The next year I'm hoping to take a couple of days off to be part of this event which is just one more reason to love Bombay.
The Ghodas (horses) first :) The Kala(black)and the colourful.... Mumbai Masti - The most eyecatching installation :The description said "If the world is your playground, then Mumbai is certainly a giant ferris wheel. And one that carries everything with it, as it goes around its axis going about its daily business." The ferris wheel is made of cycles and the now legendary dabbas (lunch carriers) of Bombay. This was was by Krsna Mehta. Image from the KalaGhoda Festival blog . Do check the blog for some really interesting reading on the unending facets of the festival.
Close-up of the many little ceramic shoes were stuck on the large one

There were these interestingly painted cars... I particularly liked this one

I LOVED these apples that were just suspended from trees. It was such an unexpectedly beautiful thing to look up and see :)
Puppet shows for the children Is any fair complete without these colours? From Tanjore paintings to furniture from rajasthan to....

...Blue Pottery from Jaipur to...
...Beautiful paper and stationery...
...there was much to browse and buy...
The images below are from the Kalaghoda blog ArtQuest had displayed some really interestng pieces of art-"There was a lovely little “koffee with karan” tribute. Cute Hindi film poster art feeling that they managed on a fairly traditional coffeee set. "
There was great one on sting operations. Ultimately everything in the media is a commodity used gainfully to attract eyeballs. The truth be damned:). The use of ratty methods to catch the rat!"
"The exhibit that struck me most was the sculputer “She Smoker”. A set of hands holding a variety of smokes - from beedis to cigarette butts - it seemed to be a comment on the attitudes towards women smoking."
The ferris wheel lit up beautifully...

And interesting lights ended each day on a colourful note.

39 comments:

Vinita said...

Seems really interesting. Lot of stuff to see and do. I especially liked "koffee with karan" teapots and stove. Is it open to general public or just special media people like you? :))

Vinita

~ ॐ ~ said...

Absolute Brilliance...

Pictures
Writeup

And the festival itself...

thank you very very much for this writeup...

Barb McMahon said...

Lovely photos!

MASALA CHAI said...

SIGH.

Vin,you have no idea how sad I am that I couldn't make it for kala godha. We have no art festivals here :(

Well not yet, I've tried to talk to some ppl who can actually make it happen but we'll see how that turns out.

Looks like you had an amazing time! I have to be honest, I'm completely jealous. Maybe I should move to Bombay !

ah anyway, thanks for the vicarious journey :)

vineeta said...

vinita, Its totally open to EVERYBODY! :) And yes, its loads of fun! I LOVE Artquest's work. Its nothing short of brilliant fun :)

vineeta said...

Prashant :) Im SO glad u liked it :) If u really want to read about the festival please do go to their official blog. Akshay Mahajan is writing for it as well along with others. Its really fun reading and gives you the real sense of how it was.

vineeta said...

Barb- Thank u! :) There were so many people I was worried if I will get decent pics :)

vineeta said...

Masala Chai :) I know u would have LOVED it!! Ok, here's the deal... if u want to come VERY badly the next yr & u dont have anybody here in bombay, u can inform me in advance and maybe I can put u up at my place :) Chennai has some amazing music and dance festivals - but yes, this is different.
Im sad to confess, but I just ran across to the festival on 2 days & didnt really 'live' the festival the way I would have wanted to. Fortunately its close to where I work. Your comment makes me doubly determined to attend properly the coming year- mustn't take the good things in life for granted!

Sas said...

What a beautiful post Vineeta!

The colours, the movements, I could almost hear the sounds :)

Thank you so much for sharing this :))

Sas

vineeta said...

Sas, Im glad you liked it. Its truly a festival full of sounds and action!

MASALA CHAI said...

That is so very generous of you ! I actually have a really good friend who has been asking me to come to Mumbai time & again! But I run around like a headless chicken here ! Work + blog takes most of my time . Maybe next year, infact I'm thinking of chalking up a cultural calendar and visiting all these places in India before I have to move out again. But yes, would love to catch up with you. I'm learning about about all the various cultural festivals here. Theres some AMAZING festival in a little village in South India where it's like a combination of Mardi Gras and Halloween , the whole village dresses up & stuff. Anyway, I'm totally using up your comment space! Ciao

shelley said...

This is a great blog. I love bright colours. Thank you for sharing a part of your life!

Peggy said...

Vineeta, thank you for sharing this festival! I could feel the energy leeping off of my screen! I so want to visit India. I want to be able to add the smells to my visuals.

I adore the shoe installation. That large shoe reminds me of a Fisher-Price toy I had when I was a child. (You know from the nursery rhyme - the old lady who lived in a shoe.) I also love the shot with the pink cotton candy.

Anonymous said...

Masal chai, A cultural Calendar is a good idea.jacob javits center in new york maintains a calendar on its website. Every city has its cultural festival documented to attract tourists. It is very common here in the states and a added bonus to people who want to plan vacation time

If you must know the north east zone had its first cultural festival in December 2007. I saw it on an indian's blog who is based in swiss.

Isha

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

Hi Vineeta, What a fun week you must have had. I am quite taken with the bicycle ferris wheel and the colorful boot. There are so many creative minds in your town. Thanks for leaving such nice comments on Island Girl. :-) Calie

vineeta said...

Masala chai, feel free to hog comment space :) Cultural calender is an awesome thought! talk of work + blog taking up all yr time! we are in the same boat.
U planning to move out of India? sounds interesting :) but do travel around- its never enough :) And DO tell me the name of the Festival.

vineeta said...

Shelley :) thanx for dropping by & glad u liked this space :)

vineeta said...

Peggy, after long :) I kept thinking this is such a buzzing place & i dont like too many people in my pics - so how do i capture the spirit of it? Ur comment reassures me :)

vineeta said...

Calie, u are welcome :) Im all for the sharing and exchange that blogging facilitates. I love encouragement and feedback -so I make it a point to appreciate something that I really like :) And yes Bombay I'd like to think is quiet the creative hub of India :)

bhumika said...

this is so amazing vineeta...thanks for sharing

i'm determined to make it to the festival next year. Hope you'll give me company :)

Arch at Rang said...

Vineeta- This is awesome~
1. The ceramic little shoes.
2. The dabba wala giant wheel
3. The tea kettle & coffee with karan thingies

I absolutely LOVE those.

Agree with Masala Chai:-)I am jealous of you right now because you were able to attend such a great festival.....the atmosphere must have been charged with those creative electrons;-)))

Thanks for sharing and you two please don't make any plans with out me;-))

vineeta said...

Bhumika, ofcourse I will, u r welcome :) and ahmedabad is so close by :)

vineeta said...

archana :)I love the way u cutely listed & numbered the things u loved :) And all u guys are making me feel REALLY guilty for living here & only making a guest appearance at the festival :(
And no archana, no plans r being made without u :) Anyway its been sometime since I have been thinking I'd love to drop into your beautiful home :) so thats another plan brewing in my head

tangobaby said...

Everything you put on your blog is awash in such beautiful color and energy. It's always a treat to step into your world for a little while.

gunJan said...

vinee, the way u write just gives a whole new life to things - the kala ghoda fest as v visited seems so much more meaningful and lovely after ur heartfelt write-up. ur writing truly enhances ur pics. so cool!!:-)

vineeta said...

Tangobaby, you make me feel so good :) part of the reason my blog is full of colour is that my country is like that :) And I will keep you in mind and try to keep things that way :)

vineeta said...

Gunj, u remeber how we ran across and did one super quick visit. I felt quite bad about it- but I didnt want that to come through in the post- It was a wonderful festival- Im glad if u feel my writing did justice to it- I always feel good when someone pays me a compliment on my writing- and coming from a 'writer' Im doubly delighted :)

small talk said...

This sounds so interesting. And to think I was very much around and missed it completely!! How I regret that.

vineeta said...

parvathy, Its tryly amazing- the festival. This post is just a minor visual reperesentative of the week long interesting events which range from concerts by the best artists to workshops on writing, poetry readings, panel discussions on all kinds of interesting issues, film & documentary screenings. The list is seemingly endless. endlessly exciting. This coming year I really plan to be a far more active participant. will keep u in the loop :)

Reeta Skeeter said...

Lovely!
I would really like to visit this festival soemday :)

Sushil said...

Hey Vineeta,

Thanks for a ring side view of my favourite fest. Which I had to miss this year :(

Sushil

vineeta said...

Reeta- you must & when u come from someplace else to be a part of it, all your time will be devoted to it & thats the best way to be part of the festival :)

vineeta said...

Sushil, hi always glad to see a new person- I hopped acros your blog to see some neat cartoon creations- awesome stuff! Yes the festivals great and have u been part of the festival before this?- I figured you are a Delhi-ite like reeta...

kavitha said...

vineeta - Wow. it is so awesome. I know about not fully appretiating the things when you are close to them. Your post makes me regret not attending and makes me want to attend next year. :)

vineeta said...

kavitha- you bet! and I just feel worse when there are people who want to come especially to attend it & here it is right under our noses & whats the problem- we don't have time! such is life. Maybe then its time things changed :)

Anil P said...

Something to look forward to for sure, each year actually.

vineeta said...

Anil P- yup & the coming yr, I will probably have a lot more posts about the festival :)

soulstirringexperiences said...

Hi!
Your blog has been treat... specially this Kalaghoda festival'08. Last 3 years i haven't missed any just this year since i was recovering out of a long illness i was unable to go and was feeling miserable about what i had missed. Considering I had heard it was the best ever. Thanks to your Blog i got to see it all ...almost all :)). It's made my day !
Thanks again .. yet to go through more post but the subject of your blog is my favorite.

Cheers !
Payal

vineeta said...

payal, I'm glad u liked this post & my blog- do drop by more often. I'm hopping across to read yours :)