Kala ghoda Art Festival 2014


“All the world's a stage.”

- William Shakespeare


Theatre - a gregarious form that combines arts, dance, music, literature to create masterpieces that fire away the imagination of the audience.  At the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival watch all kinds of theatre…. tragedy, comic humour. Veterans and amateur directors put together plays across many genres and languages.

Our thematic for the 2014 festival is ‘RANG BARAAT’.

We look forward to seeing you at our theatre venues at NGMA, Horniman Circle Garden, Max Mueller Bhavan and Artists' Centre.

Acknowledgements: Ankur Parekh - Theatre Curator Team, Hanif Patni, Manav Pande & Jeet Basu (Ekjute Theatre Group) • Sonali Thakker

Chinta Chhod Chintamani

7:30 pm at Horniman Circle

Presented By: Yatri

Written By: Vasant Kanetkar

Directed By: Om Katare

Duration: 2 hrs

Language: Hindi

“Chinta Chhod Chintamani” is the story of a family where the father thinks his progenies are standing at the threshold of total ruination. They are wallowing in self-indulgence and their destiny is leading them to their inevitable fall. On the other hand the children think this is nothing but generation gap and the old man is unable to understand the situation.

Dus Din Ka Anshan

6:00 pm at MC Ghia

Presented By: Vivechana, Jabalpur 

Written & Directed By: Vasant Kashikar

Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

Language: Hindi

"Dus Din ka Anshan" is a play where satire has touched its heights. It pinches and compels the audience to rethink about its role in the society. The play exposes the Babas, the politicians, behind the scene activities of day to day politics. To all this and much more WE the society are silent spectators and these double faced individuals slyly play their dirty games. The play is a must watch in today’s time.

East India Comedy Presents: Sahil Shah, Angad Ranyal, Simran Bir Singh, Aditya Desai, Jaideep Juneja

8:30 pm at MC Ghia

Presented By: East India Comedy

Duration: 1 hr

Language: English

East India Comedy, headed by India's top comedian Sorabh Pant, is your one-stop solution for everything comedy. From stand-up shows to script writing to comedy workshops, we've got it all covered, and there isn't a corner of the country we aren't willing to colonise with our comedy. Provided someone pays for our ship.


7:30 pm at NGMA

Presented By: Samanvay Dance Company, Banglore

Director: Veena Murthy Vijay

Duration: 1 hr

Language: English/Telugu

“Chitrangadha” is an interesting production with an amalgamation of Kuchipudi style of dance, Burrkatha a folk theatre form and English theatre form. This highlights the theme of women emancipation through the mystic story of Chitrangadha.


5:00 pm at House of Tales

Written & Directed By -Naresh Dongarwar
Language -Marathi
Duration-57 mins

Is Death Possible

9:15 pm at House of Tales

Presented By: Seema Kohli (New Delhi)

Duration: 15 mins

Language: English

Artist's Statement: Through this performance I interrogate myself on the relationship between the idol and me. Does the idol need me or do I the worshipper needs an idol? Using the body as an instrument to unshackle the confines of the body, flesh and blood, the intellect becomes subservient to consciousness readily supplying the mantras and shlokas latent in my subconscious. The work actively contests the role of an artist today. Is it different from the traditional role of a priest/shaman/psychic? Has it evolved to mean something more? Engaging with a wide circuit of references like iconography, world mythology, philosophy and literature, I weave together a story to recover the lost feminine narrative in cultural history . Against the background of the recorded performance at the RajaRani temple, Bhubaneswar in Odisha the artist will perform a monologue.

Do Baanke

6:30 pm at Artist's Center

Presented By: Mitman

Based On: Bhgwati Charan Verma’s short story "Do Baanke"

Directed By: Ankur Parekh

Duration: 35 mins

Language: Hindustani

“Do Baanke” is a one act play based on Bhagwati Charan Verma’s short story. It is about two of Lucknow’s ‘Baanke’-Gang Leaders (Self Proclaimed not so rich Nawabs) who have ‘Shodas’ (Loyal Followers/Chamchas) who flatter them and are forever at war with the opposite gang shodas. The play is a satire on the lucknowi ‘Tameez’ and ‘Ada’ and the fake heroism and ‘Nawabiyat’ that the ‘Baankas’ & ‘Shodas’ exuberate!

Trivial Disasters (Dramatized Reading)

7:30 pm at Artist's Center

Presented By: Mantramugdh 

Duration: 45 mins

Language: Hindustani

“Dramatized Reading”-Trivial Disasters is a series of 8 comedy sketches of 5 mins each which feature serial killers, nervous lovers, inept kidnappers, hot headed poets and many such odd characters. 

Reading By Mantra and his group of talented actors, this is a series of 8 short scripts adapted from stories by the playwright Ajay Krishnan.

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