It has been 17 years since the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) was first held in 1999. Ever since its been a kaleidoscope of dance, music, drama, visual arts, literature, food, workshops, art installations and architecture. A fulfilling cultural experience KGAF gets bigger and better with each passing year. In 2016, it hosted over 600 events across 12 days.


Mark your calendars and get set, to be artistically indulged and spoilt for choice. For this delightful melting pot of all imaginable art-forms and culture, knocks at your door between 4th and 12th February, 2017. 

While in anticipation of what’s coming this year, we rewind to some of our favourite moments from the past editions:

Musical Extravaganzas

Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan shared the stage with his sons Ayaan and Amaan Ali Khan at last year’s KGAF. Audiences were also fortunate to enjoy live performances by Shankar Mahadevan, Karsh Kale, Vir Das, Shibani Kashyap, and Prateek Kuhad. Bollywood heart-throbs Aayushman Khurana and Farhan Akhtar have both set the stage on fire at KGAF in the past. We are sure the line up this year will be no less exciting.


Best of Theatre

Theatre companies from all over India as well as different parts of the world stage their shows at the festival, language being no deterrent. Last year, KGAF saw plays performed by Rajit Kapur, Zafar Karachiwala, Nadira Babbar, Vinay Varma, Anuvab Pals, Rituparna Sen Gupta and Sheena Khalid among many others.



Innumerable workshops on literary skills, book reading sessions and book launches, panel discussions and interviews have been organized at each festival. Literary figures like Dilip D’souza, Sudha Murthy, Vir Sanghvi and Kazim Ali have all graced the KGAF in the past years.



KGAF has showcased some breathtaking dance sequences, both classical and contemporary, by renowned dancers like Padmashree Shobana (Bharatnatyam), Ashley Lobo (Contemporary), Shovana Narayan (Kathak) and Terence Lewis and Group (Contemporary. A special treat last year was a Lavani Jugalbandi by Sukhada Khandage and Pramila Lodgekar, and a Kathak performance by actress Prachee Shah. Padmashree Dr. Sunil Kothari, a famous dance historian and dance critic, held a discussion on renowned dancers.


Fun Section for Children

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival pays special attention to children’s events and activities and there are plenty to choose from its offerings. Last year, Tara Sharma hosted a yoga show for mothers and children. While POGO channel’s artist Rob has been seen at the festival teaching craft to the little ones. Some other events curated for children of various age groups include pottery, puppet shows, art competitions, book reading sessions and stage plays.


Comedy, Food, Heritage Walks, Handicraft stalls and Much More

Interactions with celebrity chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor and Ranveer Brar, workshops on baking and bread making, stand-up comedy acts, heritage walks, handicraft stalls that offer home décor pieces, trinkets or paintings, all sum up the reason for you to attend the festival in its next edition. I bet it is going to be one helluva fun-filled experience.


You can thank us later for the heads up 🙂

Source for all images: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

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Gauri Mishra

Gauri Mishra, an economics student at Delhi University is a yoga practitioner and uses art to express. She loves painting and can always be seen cracking lame jokes. Beware when you ask her for an honest opinion, as that's exactly what you will get -honesty, no sugar and candy !

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