Child’s Play at Kala Ghoda Art Festival

A Postcard from Priyanka Parekh: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai (Bombay), India

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” 

― Mignon McLaughlin (1913-83, American journalist and author)

Walking through all of the beautiful installations at Kala Ghoda Art Festival, an annual nine-day cultural extravaganza in the Kala Ghoda neighbourhood of South Mumbai, I headed towards the children’s area. The enthusiasm in the kids was something I wanted to see and capture on camera. As expected, the lively children were busy in their own worlds, curious to know more about the new things around them. I watched a pottery workshop where kids were making their own miniature pots. The artisans helped them beautifully, which inspired me to take this picture of the potter guiding the small hands of a cute little prince excitedly crafting his own creation.

Kala Ghoda, literally meaning ‘black horse,’ open to all and free of charge, takes place in Mumbai in February every year. It’s grown exponentially, drawing over 150,000 people from all over India and abroad. With a kaleidoscope of cinema, dance, literature, music, theatre, street food stalls, workshops, urban design, visual arts, workshops and heritage walks, there’s something for everyone at the Kala Ghoda Art Festival!

Priyanka Parekh is an architecture student living in Mumbai who loves music, travelling and exploring life with camera in hand. You can find her on Instagram @Priyanka_Parekh1996.

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