The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a nine days long festival, held in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India; this festival always commences on the first Saturday of February.


Friends posing for a selfie, at the backdrop is the installation Ashva

Ashva is the Sanskrit word for a horse, one of the significant animals finding references in the Vedas as well as later Hindu scriptures.  This installation is done with hanging charcoal. Charcoal has been used since earliest times for a large range of purposes. This hanging installation depicts the qualities of horse and indicates movement. 

The Cube of Hope: Artist – Abha Talesara



This installation is inspired from the Cube Personality test where each of the elements represent an aspect of one’s personality. For example the horse represents the spirit while the cube represents the ego. The particular way in which the elements are set in this installation is representation of the artist’s personality.

Topiary of Kalaghoda: Artist-  Rinkal Pravin Chheda


Topiary is the ancient art of clipping shrubbery and trees into shapes.

Dhai Chaal ki Gati: Artists – Anushka Karnawat, Chirag Agarwal  (, Kavin  Rao, Parth Parikh, Vaishali Kataria




‘Dhai Chaal ki Gati’ or ‘The Speed of the Knight’ (the character represented by a horse’s head in the game of Chess) is our take on the theme of this year’s Kalaghoda Art Festival: The Speed of Light.

An abstract idea that combines the mathematical expression of the speed of light  (3.0 x 108 m/s) with the checkered pattern of a chess board to create an installation that aims to commemorate the return of Kalaghoda.

When viewed from the front, one can see the three legs of the number ‘3’ which can be used to sit upon. The next part of the expression, ‘x’, is stretched to form a slide and with a step at its base. Further on , ‘10 raised to the power of eight’,  is symbolised by the ten steps leading to reach the massive high, ‘8’, from which one can enjoy everything that the Kalaghoda promenade offers from an elevated view point. The last part of the equation, ‘m/s’ becomes a low seating. When viewed from the designated ‘x’ mark one can experience the mathematical expression unfold. 


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