Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Reloaded hosted in western suburbs of Mumbai

Percussionist and drummer Sivamani, performing at the Kala Ghoda Festival Reloaded in Mumbai on February 23, 2018.
Percussionist and drummer Sivamani, performing at the Kala Ghoda Festival Reloaded in Mumbai on February 23, 2018.
The evening was abuzz on Friday with activities on the lawns of Runwal Elegante which was playing host to the popular Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Reloaded in one of the premium addresses in the western suburbs.
Art lovers and families were seen all over the place, queuing up for the various art workshops which were being hosted in its premise.   With a band playing in the backdrop it was indeed a festive atmosphere.   
The sundowner performance began with a live band and performance by Sanyaas, which was met with happy cheers by the public. By sunset, the people had settled in, looking forward to the performance of world class percussionist and drummer,  Sivamani, which was to be the highlight of the evening.
Sivamani started his performance with his signature style, playing the drums and moving to experimental music. 
“I have always found the act of performing at Kala Ghoda Arts festival very special, considering the festival is predominantly all about leveraging art in all format,” said Sivamani.  “It is a special feeling to be part of shaping and inspiring young talent which I always find in abundance at this festival.”  
Sandeep Runwal, MD of Runwal Group, which owns the landmark building and host to the festival, felicitated Sivamani who was present with his family.   It was heartening to hear the melodious voice of Sivamani’s wife Runa Rizvi, an Indian classical and playback singer.  With her newborn in the arm, Runa sang a beautiful rendition of Ganesh Vandana, offering her best wishes for the art festival coming to the western suburbs.
Actress Urvashi Rautela present seemed mesmerized with the ambiance, taking in the awe-striking art installations, the performance, and soaking in the beauty of the surrounding.  “Kala Ghoda is all about arts and its artist, which is what we members of the popular Bollywood industry have been striving to display to the world.  I couldn’t have been more pleased to be here as I am equally excited about my career in this field” said Urvashi. “For several of my films and the roles I essay, I have been grooming myself with various dance forms and also research on the art and culture to be better equipped to handle the characters I play”.
Runwal went on to say, “Every architect-builder strives to make his buildings a unique landmark just like an artist strives to make his work unique.  Developing a project is a form of art in itself. Creating every aspect of the building from interior to amenities provided makes for an artistic living.
"The festival extending to the suburbs is the biggest highlight and makes for a great association.  We are proud of having the opportunity to host the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival at Runwal Elegante," he said.
The event will conclude on Sunday with some more popular artists from the various background in arts, film, and television performing at the venue.
The festival is organized by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organization which aims to promote arts and culture in Mumbai). The festival sections are visual arts, dance, music, literature including children's literature as a subsection, workshops, urban design and architecture, food, a dedicated section for children, and a vibrant street section including stalls selling eco-friendly, handmade arts and crafts wares.
Some of the popular artists and their work on display at the Art Installations and Art Gallery include names as M F Hussain, Raza, Vaikunth, Suhas Roy, Laxma Goud, Achyut Palav, Shreehari Bhosale, Jaya Lamba, Prerna Kewalramani, Shola Carletti, S K Tayde, Shreekant Patil and other popular artists
The  highlights of today's events include a live performance by India’s Got Talent - 2016 winner, flutist Suleiman.
On Sunday, Divya Dutta will read from Me and Ma. That will be followed by a live band and a finale performance by a popular artiste.
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