The Kala Ghoda Art Festival Review

  • 7 Jun '13
  • 11:43 am by Crew
‘Dhanda’ by Baaya Design

Hope everyone is enjoying the week. Sorry for being MIA for a little while. 2 weddings and a trip to the capital for India Design 2013 has kept me more than busy. Catching up on the past 2 weeks of events. First up is the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. After which tomorrow you will get the highlights from the brilliant India Design 2013!
Here you go! The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival had high spirits and exploding energy. A blend of shopping, plays, performances and art installations.

Cult Art by Rashmi Sulakhe
Little Bent by Harshad Patankar

Village Crafts had black stone pottery with a cane finish. Interesting for someone looking out for tableware. Earthy chic. Little Bent‘s quirky wooden artefacts had everyone interested. Wooden trucks turned into wall lights. Antique peep holes, binocular lights, wooden sculptures, all just a little bent or shall we say different. The last stall I found interesting was Cult Art by paper and textile artist, Rashmi Sulakhe. Black and white paper stylised into frames. Ceramic plates had beautiful patterns cut out. Making for very unique wall plates to display in your living room or den.

Cinemachi by Sumeet Sanjay Patil

The neon Dhanda (top image) by Baaya Design represented the Mumbai, its skyline and what it knows to do best ‘Dhanda’. I like the use of Warli Art to represent the little people.
What is an Art festival in Mumbai without Bollywood. ‘Cinemachi’ by Sumeet Sanjay Patil is an ode to your favourite Bollywood star characters from the past and present. Large cutouts of characters painted in the vintage poster format.

‘Kapala’s Totems’ by Sukant Panigrahy
Procession by Paresh Maity

‘Kapala’s Totems’ by Sukant Panigrahy. One of seven totems placed through Kala Ghoda, this one, like the others, is made of waste material. The dico balls as eyes definitely grabbed my attention.
The ant hole titled ‘Procession’ by Paresh Maity uses motor bike parts. Got me to think had they managed to get the head lights on, it would have made for a more interesting installation in the evening. What do you think? Having said that I love the use of the form and the creativity behind this piece.

‘Dream Wagon’ by Varsha Pandit
The Vespa

‘Dream Wagon’ by Varsha Pandit. The auto richkaw has been synonomous with Bandra, Mumbai. Giving it wings would seem to be the only way to go. ‘Bandra Man’ your car is ready!
The cute scooty as we know it, turns into a wasp for the festival. Vespa meaning ‘wasp’ in Italian signifies the zippy attitude of the insect.

‘Cycle Chalao City Bachao’
‘Make Me Rich’ by Hetal Shukla

‘Cycle Chalao City Bachao’. Our city definitely needs this. Move over Boris Bike, The Mumbai Cycle has arrived!
‘Make Me Rich’ by Hetal Shukla wants people to nknow that “The starving artist syndrome is outdated, boring and uncool.” Today’s artists, says a note on the car, want “change”.

Select photos via Mumbai Boss