Bhavishya Yaan – 4th February 2017 – Kala Ghoda Art Festival

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, nine days long, commencing always on the first Saturday of February and closing always on the second Sunday in February.

From its inception in 1999, the Festival has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country, and the world.

It’s aim is to preserve and refurbish the heritage arts district of Mumbai with the co-operation of local authorities.

To create and spread multi-cultural awareness through platforms like festivals and events especially amongst those who have little opportunity to access or be exposed to culture.

This year with the unveiling of the Kala Ghoda statue, The Children’s Workshops salute the Spirit of the Kala Ghoda by showcasing installations by various schools like Cathedral, Aditya Birla World Academy and Ambani School on the theme ‘If Wishes were Horses…’

Artist Brinda Miller who is also the main artist behind starting this festival gave our Bhavishya Yaan children a place to exhibit in the museum ground along with other schools.

Rotarian Priyasri Patodia Lunkad, curated the theme for all 5 schools and all the Bhavishya Yaan children made the 500 postcards and finally installed at Kala Ghoda on 3rd February 2017. The exhibit will stay for all 9 days.

The theme for Bhavishya Yaan installation was as conceptualised by our own Rotarian artist Priyasri Patodia “Have and have nots.”

These postcards of gratitude and grievances have been penned down by students of Colaba, Gk Marg, NM Joshi, Byculla and Worli Municipal school aged 11-13 who are a part of an ongoing Bhavishya Yaan Project under Rotary Club of Bombay.

The postcards are addressed to the local Municipal Corporations thanking them for their continuous efforts to provide basic amenities to their localities. The children have expressed their appreciation for the thankless job the BMC does and on the same note suggested their concerns and grievances. These postcards will be delivered to the local BMC wards after the exhibition.

Recycled discarded everyday objects have been collected from the homes of these children and used to decorate the tree. The ‘Christmas Tree’ itself has been used as a metaphor since it reminds us of festivities and gifts. It is true what’s basic to one may be luxury for another? Something to think about.

Please feel free to fill your postcards of gratitude and grievances along with your name and area you live. Our attempt will be to reach your message across to the required BMC wards.

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