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Kala Ghoda

Kala GhodaKala Ghoda is a region of the South Mumbai in Maharashtra. The meaning of the Hindi word Kala Ghoda means the Black Horse. The reason behind the name Kala Ghoda is the black stone statue of King Edward VII placed in the region during the British regime. The famous Jewish businessman and philanthropist Albert Abdullah David Sassoon built this statue. Earlier the statue was placed on the old Esplanade Road. But it was removed from there, as it was a sign of the colonial era, once existed in India. The statue is presently placed at the entrance of the garden Jijamata Udyan and the name of the location existed as Kala Ghoda itself. The  Kala Ghoda region in Mumbai can be explained as the area from the Regal Circle Southern end of Mahatma Gandhi Road to the Mumbai University at the northern end and the Oval Maidan, the west end of Kala Ghoda to the Lion Gate in the east.

This Kala Ghoda region in south Mumbai is the primary art district in Mumbai. The location is home to several museums, art galleries, educational institutions, boutiques, and restaurants. So many heritage buildings of Mumbai are located in the area, gives Kala Ghoda a traditional look. Kala Ghoda also hosts renowned institutions such as Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Prince of Wales Museum and The Arts Trust.

Kala Ghoda arts festival conducted in the area is internationally famous. India's oldest cast iron building surviving, the Esplanade Mansion is in Kala Ghoda. Watson's Hotel in the location is the place where the films introduced to India by screening the Lumiere Brothers Cinematograph in 1896. Mumbai Port's docklands, Regal Cinema, Oval Maidan, and The Bombay Stock Exchange are the important sites located near to the Kala Ghoda.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

This is an annually conducted arts festival. Usually, the festival lasts for nine days. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is conducted in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, in Maharashtra, during the time of late January or early February of the year. The festival is one of the popular events in the Mumbai city since its beginning in the year of 1999. Artists and art lovers from different sides of India are participating in this annually conducting event. A nonprofit, art encouraging, organization in Maharashtra, the Kala Ghoda Association conducts this famous Kala Ghoda Arts Festival every year in Mumbai.

The visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops are the Kala Ghoda Arts Festivalmain attractive features of the festival. Heritage walks, special events for children, and a vibrant street festival is also conducted as a part of this arts festival. Entry to all of the events in the festival is free of cost but restricted according to space limitations in the venue.

The source of fund to the festival is corporate sponsorship. The Jehangir Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Modern Art, the David Sassoon Library, Max Mueller Bhavan, Elphinstone College, the K. R. Cama Institute, the M C Ghia Hall, and the street area of Rampart Row are the major venues of performances of the arts festival. The Rampart Row will be under the traffic regulations during the days of the festival since the entire area is found heavily crowded with food stalls, artisans selling their creations and many other events.

For the last few years due to the high participation of people across the globe, the area of presentation of events has been expanded to the Azad Maidan and Horniman Circle. During the time of festival in Mumbai, the cool climate and early sunset is observed in Mumbai. This wonderful climate and the high acceptance and participation in the Kala Ghoda arts festival caused evolving of some other art festivals in Mumbai.

The Mumbai Festival, the Bandra Festival, and the Kitab Festival are examples of this. However the people reside in the area have started to complain against festival from the crowd, pollution, and noise in the area is very much higher during the days of art festivals. In the coming years the location of the festival is likely to be shifted to the nearby Horniman circle.

The Kala Ghoda association

There are so many cultural associations and art galleries working in Mumbai as Kala Ghoda their center. These organizations together formed the Kala Ghoda Association to improve the opportunities and the available physical area for activities. Ever since its inception in 1992 it has been working restlessly for conservation of arts in Mumbai.

The Kala Ghoda Association attracts the attention of art lovers all over the world to location's art and architectural heritage. Kala Ghoda Association formed by the galleries, patrons, and concerned citizens in Kala Ghoda is India’s biggest emerging institution in this field.

Restaurants and Cafes at Kala Ghoda

Restaurants and Cafes at Kala GhodaKala Ghoda hosts a no. of restaurants and cafes to provide a convenient experience to the thousands of tourists reaching the town. The cafes in the Kala Ghoda town ranges from the budget class to the luxury class facilities.

The lengthy list of cafes in the town includes: silk rout restaurants, the Irish house, copper chimney, army restaurant in the esplanade mansion, the star anise fine foods and leisure in the Murzaban road in Kala Ghoda. Cafes in Kala Ghoda are not just the places serving food, the presence of the pleasant atmosphere, the Wi-Fi facilities and cabins available in the cafes makes the favorite place of people reside in Kala Ghoda to have business meetings as well as family gatherings.

The Kala Ghoda cafe working at the 10 Ropewalk Lane in Kala Ghoda can be shown as an example for this. Organic coffees, teas and tiny meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients are common in the menu of the restaurants and cafes in Kala Ghoda.

How to Reach Kala Ghoda

The place can be accessible by both rail and road. Churchgate and CST, Mumbai are the nearest railway stations to the location. Old Custom House Bus Station, Horniman Circle, Hutatma Chowk Bus Station, Lions Gate Bus Station, R.B.I. Bus Station are the bus stations located near to the Kala Ghoda. Bus service on regular intervals from all the nearby towns to the area makes it effortless to reach Kala Ghoda from every sides of Mumbai.

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