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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Kala Ghoda Art Festival - Part 3


This is the third part of my series on the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Please read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading further.

Continuing with the visual art displays....



This one was entitled ‘Tarevarchi kasarat’, which loosely translates into ‘tightrope walk’. It depicts the tightrope we walk every day, trying to balance our lives, tied down by various threads....


What is an art fest without representation of social issues? KGAF 2013 had its own fair share, what with the state of our country being what it is, offering enough and myriad possibilities for the creative artists.

Violence against women was a major theme this year, with this broken doll house needing no more words of explanation...



This one showing the various issues women face, living as we do, under a tree filled with prying eyes, peering at their every movement.....



And this one at first glance seemed to be a well grown tree, laden with ripe fruits. 



A closer look showed us what it really was... the representation of trauma victims, seemingly normal outside, but hollow and empty inside...



With corruption so evident these days, how could it escape representation? This one speaks for itself...



On the other hand, there was this representation of a tortoise... with our five sense organs peeking out, encouraging us to keep our senses in control...



This huge T shirt with Nataraja on it represented Indian culture with western influences...



And this one is ‘Plastic Rain’, which Samhith and the other kids loved walking into!



This untitled work by artists from the British Council was intriguing....




This one was beautifully done... bangles and bangles stacked in a row... seemingly with no pattern.. but move a bit away and you can see an image emerge.. the Mona Lisa!



We had seen this globe being set up on the very first day... and were curious about it... it turned out to be ‘Earth Recycled’, with a map of India covered with LED bulbs... which lit up when anyone pedalled the cycles connected to it!



This one, entitled ‘procession’, was something I didn't even notice on the first day.... it took a second visit to see so many ants, made with just Bullet Bike tanks!



These tetrapods are a common sight on the sea shore at Marine Drive... Here, they form an art installation...



Finally, one more horse, completes my tour of Kala Ghoda....



But before I stop, there are some others who are a regular feature of the festival – the Bahurupiyas. The word would translate loosely into ‘impostors’... these are people who dress up in various garbs and entertain us...







But that’s not all. I have only captured some of the visual art installations at the festival with my camera. There is so much more happening there, so if you are in Mumbai, head out and be a part of it. Here is a link to the complete schedule....



And no, I am not yet done with my series. So far, you have seen what I enjoyed at the fest... you have yet to see what Samhith did... and since the workshops for kids are an integral part of the festival, they deserve a separate post, don’t you think? So, that’s the post you can look forward to reading, tomorrow!



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  1. Inspiring pictures Anu. I have only read about Kala Ghora on various blogs but it sounds like an excellent event.

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    1. Thanks Mridula! next year, plan a trip to Mumbai at this time... that way, u can see the fest and we all can meet!

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  2. It's my favourite time of the year in Bombay - miss being there. Thanks for giving me these glimpses from KGAF, Anu :)

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    1. would have loved to have u here this year.. met so many travel bloggers!!! but we seem to have a good system of show and tell.. u showed me the Kochi biennale and i showed u kala ghoda!!!

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    2. show and tell! that's an interesting thought - in any case, travel blogging and reading travel blogs is to see the world through someone else's eyes!

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    3. Absolutely, Charu! and its fascinating to see how different the same place looks through different eyes... and that really helps when we eventually do go to the same place!

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  3. Beautiful pictures. First time heard about Kala Ghoda festival.

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