Mumbai PrideDressed in divergent and unique clothes, most of the people gathered on the streets of August Kranti Marg were holding placards to show their support for the rights of the LGBTQ community. The whole atmosphere was nothing but happiness and freedom. With huge smiles and heartfelt greetings in the air, cross-dresses and colourful spirits were splashed across the city with no oppression of being "normal".
As the day progressed, we were a bit tired but was still buzzing with positive energy and enthusiasm. We had initially planned to go to the venue of the Kala Ghoda festival directly after the March, but since it took a minor turn when we heard about the Museum of Moon exhibition that was being held at the Gateway of India.Chilling By the Moon
This exhibition featured a 23-feet-broad replica of the Moon that looked so real that you would seriously feel like you are standing next to the real thing. Here, we spent our time admiring the replica and taking a bunch of pictures with it.
Kala GhodaIn the late evening, we reached the grounds of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Being first-year non-Mumbai students, all of us had heard great tales of this event, but this was the first time we chanced to experience it first-hand. Having looked at the 9-day schedule of the festival on the official website of Kala Ghoda, we had a gist of what was to expect.
Highlights of the Festival
The festival had separate schedules for each of the categories, including art, literature, theatre, music, and cinema. With events hosted across different venues like the Cross Maidan, National Gallery of Modern Art, the garden of the David Sassoon Library, Horniman Circle garden, the auditoriums and lawns at the CSMVS Museum, the entire Kaikashru Dubash Marg street area (better known as the Rampart Row), the MC Ghia Hall, Westside’s cafeteria, and the Tata Store situated at the Army and Navy building.
The Venue of the CelebrationThe main venue was the Rampart Row, where various art pieces, as well as food stalls, were exhibited. That is where we headed on the first day of the festival. We hope we can have some sound time admiring various art pieces, eat good food, and maybe buy some unique items from the number of stalls that were put up at this venue.
There are also several restaurants such as the Irish House, serving offered not only a multi-cuisine menu but also an array of stand-up performances by famous comedians. But by the time we got to the cafe, the place was packed, and they weren’t taking in any more diners at the time.
Movie Screening DayAfter spending some good time there, we headed back home with the full intention of coming back to attend more amazing events hosted during the festival. The first event on our list was to participate in the screening of the movie ‘Tu Hi Mera Sunday’. The cast of this movie had come to our college to promote it, but we were over an hour late to the screening, and we just caught the ending. So instead, we stayed back to watch the screening of the movie ‘Ribbon’ starring Kalki Koechlin, which turned out to be a pretty awesome film.
Next, we visited the mela once again, this time during daylight hours and headed to a nearby restaurant. Following this, we attended a play and a poetry session featuring five famous poets who wrote poems in five different languages.
Concerts All Night
After a long day at the various venues and since it was getting late into the night, we finally decide to go back home. After a couple of days, we planned to attend the concert by the well-known singer, Benny Dayal. The promising performance of this singer had us on the edge of our seats, and we spent the whole night singing out loud famous Bollywood songs and dancing to the well-known tunes. This finally marked the end of our visit to the Kala Ghoda festival for the year.