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Giddy up! All roads lead to Kala Ghoda

It’s that time of the year when the city gets ready to host one of the most fun events in Mumbai's social calendar, the popular Kala Ghoda (KG) Arts Festival. Beginning tomorrow, February 2, the festival will celebrate some of the finest music, dance, literature, theatre, cinema, food, art and children’s workshops. This is the 14th edition of the festival, and one can look forward to a jamboree that promises to be more colourful, and entertaining than previous years. Here’s our pick of some of the best events to attend during this week-long celebration.


(Left to right): Tom Alter will read from writer Shivani Tibrewala’s plays; percussionist Talvin Singh will perform with Shriram Sampat (flute), Ramya Iyer (vocals) and Roop Kumar Rathod; Aditi Mangaldas will perform with her dance company

Theatre
Reading>The hottest cafe in South Mumbai, the Starbucks Café, will play host to veteran actor, Tom Alter who will read from writer Shivani Tibrewala's plays.
On Monday, February 4, 7.30 pm onwards
At Horniman Circle

Comedy show>Over the last few years theatre actor and director, Divya Palat has built quite a standing in the city for the comedies she produces. Palat will premiere Laugh Out Loud (LOL), a multi-format comedy show that will include two original one-act skits titled Surprise! and Till Death as well as improvised performances, which will involve the audience.
On Saturday, February 9, 7.30 pm onwards
At NGMA


An installation from Kala Ghoda Festival 2012. PIC/Bipin Kokate

Music
Indian Instrumental>The British Council presents musician Soumik Dutta, who has been creating quite a buzz in Britain for his exceptional sarod playing skills. The 28-year-old will cast his spell over Mumbai with his string performance.
On Friday, February 8, 8.10 pm onwards
At Cross Maidan

Multi-Set Act>Percussionist Talvin Singh and his friends: Shriram Sampat, flute, Ramya Iyer on vocals and Roop Kumar Rathod — will whip up a musical storm performing a two-hour set where even guest artists will be invited to perform.
On Saturday, February 9, 7.30 pm onwards
At Asiatic Library Steps

Food
Bengali Cuisine Workshop>Ever since its launch a few months ago, Bong Bong the new-age Bengali restaurant has managed to create quite a splash in Mumbai’s foodscape. Now, the ladies behind Bong Bong — Surjopriya and Kanika — will teach food enthusiasts about the finer art of Bangla cuisine. Kanika said that the peppery, lemon crab cakes will be one of the recipes they plan to teach.
On Thursday, February 7, 4-6 pm
At Westside


Watch out for laughter sessions with one-act skits by Divya Palat’s company

Dance
Kathak>Aditi Mangaldas, the danseuse who has changed the way kathak is perceived will perform Unchartered Seas, along with her dance company, The Drishtikone Dance Foundation.
On Saturday, February 2, 8.30-9.45 pm
At Cross Maidan

B-Boying>The British Council is bringing Champloo, one of UK’s leading B-Boying dance companies. Champloo will present White Caps a multimedia experience performed by Wilkie Branson and Daniel. Type Sun has created the music for this¬†production.
On Saturday, February 9, 8.45-9.45 pm
At Cross Maidan

Kids
Puppet-Making Workshop>Titled Mad for Tygers, this puppet making workshop is extraordinary because it will be conducted by two children — 15-year-old Madhav Subrahmaniam and his 11-year- old brother, Prithvi. The duo will teach kids how to make tiger puppets while also educating them about the endangered species and why one must protect them.
On Saturday, February 2, 11 am-12.30 pm
At Chhatrapati Shivaji Maha Vastu Sangrahlaya Gardens AGES Five plus

I-SPY Workshop>Give your child a chance to play detective, and bring them to this thrilling workshop organised by the Indian Forensic Organisation. Joulyn Kenny from the Indian Forensic Organisation, said it was their first time at the Kala Ghoda Festival and they plan to create a mock crime scene for kids, help them find clues and also do a fingerprinting activity.
On Saturday, February 9, 12 noon-1 pm
At Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahlaya Gardens AGES Six plus

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