09 February 2012

An Art-Full Day

The Kala Ghoda Art Festival,Mumbai entered its 14th year on 4th February,2012 as I entered my first year of being there.
So what makes Kala Ghoda Festival different, from the other Art Festivals in India? Is it the Magnificent 'Kala Ghoda' (Black Horse) or the the colorful stalls from various Indian States? The folk dance performances or the Charlie Chaplin and The Emperor Akbar roaming on the street? (Believe me, he still did not forget Anarkali :P ). However, its even more hard to say what makes the Festival different from its previous year versions! (Well for me its hard because, it was my first time!).
So, how was my experience of The Kala Ghoda? Its a festival worth going and letting yourself absorbed in the place. Me? Well, I was running with my photographer friend from one place to the other, awe-struck with every sculptor I came across.
The one of the many things which attracted me to the core was The Volkswagen 'Think Blue' - 'Yellow' Basic Structure; made up of every possible junk you can come across, Computer Mouse, Keyboards, Old Cassettes, Cold drink cans, wires and what not! What the car will be, if the structure is such! This work has found itself a place in the German Museum too.
On the left of the Volkswagen, You see a Big Crow (really Big!). On first note, people find it amusing, on a second note it implies the problems faced by Our City- Mumbai. Thought? great! Impact? Saw a Little girl keeping her chocolate wrapper in her bag, rather than throwing on the road!
Everybody wants to be famous, but what gets sold in the end? The Art or the Artist? Find it for yourself, with 'Make me Famous'.
A Plastic bottle maze! Right round, round, circle, circle and here you are out! So what was this about? From what I understood, the maze made me imagine a city suffocating with plastic bottles(read, pollution) everywhere. Message? Try and make people aware with the message of 'crush the bottle after use' and yes, Throw it in a dustbin! Not on railway tracks, or the roads.
As we move on, The festival asks all of us to throw our Doubts, Sadness and Fears in The Pool of Shit and just forget them forever! (I did, you should too! Believe me, I felt lighter after that).
The festival sort of has a Mini-India feel to it. With colorful stalls from different states of the country; handicrafts, clothes, art work, bags, accessories, etc. the festival-street keeps you going.
What not to miss? A Rajasthani Man playing flute with his nose, delicious food and the folk dances happening every evening, The Puppet Show and lots more!
One of the coolest art placement among the rest is, "Under the table" (I named it so). This art/brain work will tell you what the real work is! What you have to do? You just have to tilt your head down and look into the mirror and then com up straight and find a different picture altogether. 
Do not miss the Potter sitting on the left of the exit of the Festival. get yourself a pot of the shape you like! (I got one, a little 'tedha' I made but I love it, soon gonna paint it ;) ). I spent whole my day, actually 2-days wandering on the art-o-cultural street. But you all? Do watch out for the film screenings and workshops happening @ different venues.
And, if you get tired of roaming on the street, sit on the amphitheatre and enjoy the serenity of various folk dances (starts 6pm in the evening). Just near to the Amphi', you will find a blue-lighten'd glass pots (hanging on a tree) embodied with the The India Gate, Taj Mahal, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, etc. Looks amazing when the sky is dark in the colorful lights of the festival. There is a lot and lot more to the Kala Ghoda Art Festival. This post is just a 2-days experience ki 'baatein' from what I saw and absorbed.
A perfect place for art lovers and Click buddies (I mean the Photographers).
I had an Art-full, Color-full, and Fun-full time at the Kala Ghoda! You should have too! :D
And yes, don't forget to tie your 2012-wish-to be wished before the world ends, to the "Wishing Tree". Its right there, search for it! There are some wonderful and Lovely wishes hanging on that tree :)

"Kabhi yeh hath uthatey hain duaoon main,Kabhi pedon par mannato ke dhage bandhane ke liye.Zindagi ke safar mai jitna bhi mile kam lagta hai,Jab tak saans hai dil karta hai mangney k liye.2012 ke baad saal zyada ho ya kam,Abhi Mauka hai aapki khwaishon ko ek pedh par bandhane ke liye."
The Festival is ON till the 12th of February only... Go! Go! Go!
P.S- I know a lot is left to mention here, so why don't you all do that for me? :) Leave in with your experience of What-not-to-miss at The Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2012!