Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 attend online from Feb 6.

New Delhi :- The noted arts festival will commence as always on the first Saturday of February, and close on the second Sunday of February, and includes around 70 programs.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an iconic annual art and craft festival in Asia.  This year, it has taken on a digital avatar from February 6-14.

Organized by the Kala Ghoda Association (KGA), a non-profit organization, the festival to be hosted on Insider (www.kgaf2021.com) will reach out to embrace global audiences with discussions, workshops, and demonstrations about dance and music, visual arts, theatre, cinema, literature, book launches, tributes to famous personalities. The festival presents plenty of events that reflect the rich history of art in Mumbai.

The noted arts festival will commence as always on the first Saturday of February, and close on the second Sunday of February, and includes around 70 programs.

For the first time ever, the festival is also set to take its stalls (a huge attraction at the festival every year), online. The Marketplace will open February 6, but will go till the end of the month. A showcase of an eclectic collection of handicrafts and other products, the Marketplace can be accessed at the website, said organizers.

Brinda Miller, Honorary Chairperson of the Kala Ghoda Association told IANS: “Kala Ghoda Arts Festivals has kept its date with Mumbai for the past 21 years. This 22nd year again, we are celebrating art and culture through a different medium that has spurred us on to ‘unlock’ the entire festival and make it virtual, including the much sought after KGAF stalls. Our partners, artistes and collaborators, who have worked with us through the years, have stepped forward this year too, to make this festival a ‘virtual reality’. What is encouraging is that we have well-wishers from around the world who are excited to be part of our festival this year. This has been an opportunity for us to reinvent the wheel.”

Emphasizing on having something for each and every attendee, the festival showcases numerous programs in films and filmmaking, arts and crafts, prose and poetry, culture, music, dance, storytelling, culinary arts, martial arts and theatre among others.

The 2021 schedule brings forth nine days of programmes and contests, under categories such as Workshops, Panel discussions and Talks, for children and adults alike. Themed under KGAFunlocked and Funlocked, the general and children’s programmes, respectively, promise a week of edutainment for our patrons.

The Kala Ghoda Spotlight shines light on some scintillating performances and talks by Leslee Lewis, TM Krishna, Usha Uthup, Ankur Tewari, Rahul Mehrotra, among many biggies, brought by various collaborators including Teamwork, Mahindra Kabira Festival, Team Rewind, Kommune, MAMI and Sula Wines among others. A special highlight is the session with #AamhiKon?, a concept that promotes lyrical Marathi Hip Hop and showcases MCs , poets and writers from around Maharashtra.

Kitchen Secrets focusses on cooking demonstrations by culinary heroes including Saransh Goila, Zeba Kohli, Pooja Dhingra, Tara Deshpande and Michelin Star Chef Fabio Mazzolini from Italy.

Unlocking Heritage captures a series of heritage walks that take us through the city and its renowned architectural precincts; in association with Art Deco Mumbai Trust and Khaki Tours.

UpSkill features a series of workshops by the famous Arzan (scissorhands) Khambatta, musicians Gino Banks, Rakesh Chaurasia, Ojas Adhiya, Purbayan Chatterjee, Team M N M Talkies on podcasting, Unlocking Anxiety with Sonali Gupta. In a similar vein, Shake a Leg features workshops with renowned international dancers such as Bea Dabrabant (for Tai Chi), Laura Kenyon (Flamenco), Tommaso Petrolo (contemporary), Naima Yazbek (Brazilian Sam