Kala ghoda Art Festival 2014


I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.
-Bob Dylan

This year at Kala Ghoda enjoy the gentle sounds and stories preserved and through many generations. Adorned on either side by craftsmen, artisans organized by our own team; and NGOs under Concern India Foundation, selling their wares from the famous Kala Ghoda stalls, the street will yet again become a living and thriving celebration of different folks and different strokes. There will be food stalls too from the restaurants in the area. The street will change its mood everyday with vibrant performances by folk dancers, musicians and street plays from all over the country. Experience the amazing folk dance forms, sounds of traditional instruments and spectacular costumes as puppeteers, street artists and folk dancers entertain you. They transport us back to traditional times and simpler lives. Our theme for this section is 'THE ROAD SHOW’ and as the name suggests, we look forward to seeing you…on the street at Rampart Row.

Acknowledgements : NSPA, Culture Ireland.
Acknowledgements for Stalls : Mrunal Sarvaiya and Anuradha Mafatlal

String Puppets from WZCC

11:00 am to 9:00 pm at

They present their performances accompanied with Pipari and beats of Dholak. Puppet characters include Dholkiwala, Saamp-Sapera, Gendh Wali (Round Ball), Bahurupia (Imitator), Pattebaz (Card player), Anarkali (Dancer) and Jadugar (Magician) etc.


12:00 noon to 1:00 pm at

Pop Rock with Audience Jams


1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at

Uttaranchali Folk with a background of the Uttaranchali Culture

St. Xavier's college's Jagrook Party - Street Play

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm at

St. Xavier's college's Jagrook Party, presents street play "Ugta Suraj"

The main theme of this street play is to create awareness on Women empowerment and how the role of women in our society is important through this act of Chess played during the mahabharata when 'Drupatee' was molested by "Duryodhana", but even though Krishan Bhagwan was present there he dint do anything. Through this scene we will be bring out the message that Krishna is present in everyone of us, but yet we dont step ahead and fight for  women in our societies. There will be a lot of highlights on how woman are being treated in our society. Also, we'll be bring up points in favour of the women about their success and their achievements in this male dominant world.

Bahurupia from WZCC

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at

Bahurupias are the street performers who wear different characters every day and move door to door to entertain a small group of spectators.

Kachhi Ghodi from WZCC

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at

The Kachhi Ghodi Dance is one of the most popular Folk Dances of Rajasthan. This folk dance originated from the bandit regions of Shekhawati and is generally performed for the entertainment of the bridegroom’s party.This dance is performed by mens on dummy horses. Men wear elaborate costumes- red turbans and dhotis and kurtas, embellished with brilliant mirror-work and ride the dummy horses.

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The Merasi Singers

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at

For 38 generations, the Merasi have composed, performed and maintained a vibrant, distinct folk music legacy that is on the verge of extinction due to India's rapid modernization. They are essentially known as the ‘keepers of stories’ which flow from generation to generation. The group has one of the most enthusiastic singers of all age groups and dancers and play a variety of instruments that completely enthrall the audience. They are artists who can perform for hours together with songs that weave the magic of the Rajasthani traditions and culture and keep the audience asking for more!