Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Kala Ghoda Festival 2024

Had been to the Kala Ghoda Festival and took some general pictures of Mumbai, like this night shot of the Mumbai University
Sauntered into the Westside store (opposite Kala Ghoda) and saw these young boys from Live 101 keeping the customers entertained. They were playing my favourite song by Bob Marley.
Marley's classic song No Woman No Cry was inspired by his experience living in the trench town area of Kingston, Jamaica. The song reflects the hardships and struggles faced by the residents of the ghetto with its lyrics portraying empathy and hope for better times. The song was recorded in 1974 and the live recording was released as a single in 1975.
The song is meant as an encouragement that life is worth living for - a beacon of hope shining in the darkness. The title and the main refrain "No Woman no cry" means, Woman, don't cry.
Another non festival picture was this pretty woman trying to sell some trinkets at the Regal crossing.
Mumbai was looking all colourful with the new double decker electric bus
Took me back about six decades when I travelled by tram on the same road and the fare was 10 Ps from Byculla to Regal.
We patronized an old Parsee joint Jimmy Boy in the area for dinner. The "sunny side up on kheema" not only looked great but was really yummy.
Their concept is to serve Lagan nu Bhonu (Parsee wedding food) at their restaurant. Jamva Chaloji.
It was heartwarming to see this study centre in the heart of the city where students coming from underprivileged backgrounds can come and study and fans and lights and charging points are provided for them. These two pictures below explain it all. (behind that board you can see youngsters sitting and studying)
Now for some festival shots. This catapult reminded me of the ones we made by cutting the Y from a guava tree and tying rubber strips from discarded cycle tubes. Now it is a part of the Channapatna toys in one of the stalls.
I was impressed by the pencil sketch done by Ashish Mahajan at the Cooperage Bandstand Garden. Had a chat with him and he said that he usually takes about 6 to 8 hrs to finish a pencil sketch of a portrait. (you can see him in action in the video) The charges too were cost effective.
We saw this pottery workshop where one gets a feel of the potter's wheel.
There was an exhibit by the Indian Navy opposite Lion Gate with the title Lest we forget. It was crafted from the recovered memorabilia of INS Vikrant as an offering of everlasting tribute. This too took me down memory lane when I was posted on duty on the Vikrant from the NCC during the Navy week, way back in early 70s.
There was a stall by The Good Doll where each product is handcrafted by women from underserved communities using natural and upcycled materials that are ethically sourced from within the region.
Kala Ghoda is an yearly event and it is a good platform for people to showcase their product/talent. This was started on a small scale 25 years ago.
Hope to click more pictures next year.

23 comments:

Liz A. said...

That looks like a fun festival. So much to see.

DUTA said...

Great shots from Kala Ghoda Festival 2024!
Nice performance of Bob Marley's song No Woman, No cry!
The double decker buses are quite a sight!
The stall with handcrafted products, the pottery workshop, the exhibition by the Indian Navy - all definitely worth a visit.

roentare said...

You are taking us to a street tour in the city. So cultural

Ed said...

Someday, I would like to visit that part of the globe to see all that I have only read and heard stories about.

Raj Sharma said...

Joe, I like the write up of walking us thru the old nostalgic memory lane and bringing us to today’s scenes. Love the pictures. The sunny side up on kheema with paun, brings back old memories of parsi food being an integral part of Bombay.

Rita said...

Looks like a wonderful festival! You have many memories there, too. Thanks for sharing your colorful, musical day. :)

Anonymous said...

Some beautiful sights indeed!! One does want to become a part of this rare trip to old numbers, local toys, dolls and the pottery workshop!! ‘ Lest we forget’ and Electric double deckers are the beacons of hope for sure!!!

Anonymous said...

Great effort must have been put in by you to capture the events.
Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely refreshing one’s memory. To capture life

trees said...

Jimmy Boy appears to be fairly new and the flow of young patrons here shows that the legendary food of the Parsi community continues to be popular amongst the trendy crowd.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I avoid cities and large gatherings of people like the plague, but I am glad that you enjoyed it, and no doubt many memories were rekindled.

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Thanks for this tour, Joe. So fascinating!

Anonymous said...

Excellent write up. Anyone would feel to visit this place

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Lovely post.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe.
A fantastic exposure and an excellent experience following your detailed blogs. - Johnny Marcedo

Elderberry-Rob said...

Long time since I visited Mumbai (maybe 30+ years) looks like it has changed a bit - I am wondering how those enormous electric buses fit in to the heavy traffic and general madness of busy Mumbai!

Ajay said...

I miss this KALA GHODA festival this year

I go every year
It is fantastic

Aditya Titus said...

Great post Joe uncle! Thanks for sharing! I was not aware of the new electric buses and they look fancy!

Anonymous said...

Almost like the ones you see on London roads

Anonymous said...

Wow awesome moments 👌🎤❤️. Great job.

Anonymous said...

The BEST bus drivers are very skilled when it comes to driving 😊

Anonymous said...

It is worth a visit any given time.

Anonymous said...

Yes Raj, all those days we spent in Bombay during our school days keep coming back.