Saturday, April 11, 2009

Kala Ghoda Festival 09

This is really bad practice & now with me blogging regularly, it shouldn't happen again. The reason for this explanation is that I'm about to post on the Kala Ghoda festival 09 which happened in Feb, now in April(!). Tsk, tsk,tsk. But my logic is: better later than never & what's the point of sitting on these pics now that I've shot them. "You couldn't post it earier, Vineeta? Doesn't matter, post it now." To get on with the post, Kala Ghoda is Bombay's cultural and art festival that the people love. Its hugely popular which people across the city make it a point to come to, braving Bombay's traffic & super hectic lifestyle ( this city probably heads the list of the most hard working cities in the world- working 24x7 - thats us) So like I'd mentioned in my last years Kala Ghoda post, this is the festival that makes people find the time to stop and smell the roses. Here's some colour and some freeze frame moments from a very happening event in this city.

One of this years most enduring image of the KalaGhoda Festival has to be this "8th wonder of the world- Save water" installation art by the famous Brinda Chudasama Miller and Krsna Mehta.

It was interesting to see children & adult alike thrusting their face through the blue cut out in this inverted umbrella for a quick snap.

The whole joy of the festival is this kind of whimsical art, suspended...
...or otherwise. This was some sort of a red (hypothetically blood soaked) missile with white doves stuck dying in it. The festival happened after the terror attacks against Bombay & this theme was represented in various ways. The cutting chai- surfaces here as an installation
This picture doesn't do it justice, it was taken on day 3 where this was just stacked to one side. On day 1 I had seen it with its technicolour glasses filled with chai & arranged interestingly, but it was evening & light was fading.

This art installation was called "windows" and the idea was to create a glass wall with these bottles and referred to our need to 'see' a lot always. (the explanation to my mind was a little convoluted, but hey, it looks interesting)And how can the unbiquitous god of Bombay be left behind & so there was a 'Ganesha' quirkily created using metal hardware of all sorts.
The place was made colourful with strategically placed hand-painted cartons
This was a clock of sorts for children
Here we see people checking out the 'baiscope' which showed a montage of Bombay

There were stalls galore selling evrything from "rangoli' moulds
to kurtas ( i just can't associate the average bombayite wearing these)
to beaded and birded curtains
to colourful woven baskets
to Indian handpainted art
but one of the reasons I decided to make this post is this: there was this whole section called "Postcards to Pakistan". And in the wake of the terror attacks that happened in the Taj & oberoi, in mumbai, this was a surefire sampler of public sentiment.
I have uploaded decent sized pictures here, do click on it to read these postcards that range from the friendly, to the voice-of-reason, to the warning to the really angry messages.
And some of these are really funny, I suggest u click on the images to really read all of it :)

8 comments:

Sunita said...

I had no idea! Damn, but the townies seem to have all the fun ! I've never been to the KGF yet because it seemed like a lifetime getting there and back :P
Maybe next year.

Shalini said...

How interesting and different this year! I loved the idea of rangoli patterns...such a great idea!

Aditi said...

I loved the creativity on display! The postcards to Pakistan were heartbreaking.

Life Unscripted! said...

I missed it...i am seriously sad about that....this is as always awesome...very vibrant and colorful.

Thanx for sharing...
Kanchan

Paula said...

I love the blue plate looking molds .. so pretty and nice to look at. I'll go back and re-check the postcards. Thank you for posting this, its very interesting!

Patricia Torres said...

oh wow!! what an overdose of creativity!! wish I was there...

This Time Now said...

That's it, I'm visiting your unbelievable country this year! Yay!
Vineeta, you always inspire and entice!

Felicia, This Time Now

Paavani said...

Never mind for posting it late. For people who couldnt visit, your picture gallery was good enough to give a nice walk though :)