Mumbai is the city that never fails to charm us. The city has always mesmerised us with its beauty and architecture. The city is a blend of Gothic Revival, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco, and other contemporary styles’ architecture. The city has tons of gems to explore. To help you with that, Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2018 has heritage walks to offer. The walk also gives you an opportunity to get to know the historical importance of the monuments. The nine-day festival starts from February 3 and ends on February 11.
Embracing Modernity: Ballard Estate Walk
The European style early twentieth-century business district Ballard Estate situated in South Mumbai next to Fort has many treasures including the buildings on street corners and the cast-iron porches. The walk ‘Embracing Modernity: Ballard Estate Walk’ conducted by Sanaeya Vandrewala, Kruti Garg, and Sarmaya team, takes you through the tree-lined avenues of Ballard Estate, laid down to planning guidelines designed by George Wittet. The walk ends at Pundole’s Hamilton House with a visit to the Sarmaya exhibition.
Meeting point: Port Trust War Memorial
When: February 3
Time: 1.15 pm
Heritage Bus Tour
Be a part of an hour-long concise tour of South Mumbai heritage and witness landmarks like Gateway of India, Hotel Taj Mahal, Mumbai High Court, Asiatic Library, Mumbai University and many gems of South Mumbai. The walk is conducted by Kruti Garg and Parveen Mistry. Those interested in the tour need to collect their passes from the Help Desk between 2 pm and 2:15 pm for 4 pm tour or between 2:30 pm and 2:45 pm for 5:15 pm tour. The help desk is located in front of Ador House on Rampart Row (located in front of Atelier).
Meeting point: CSMVS/ Bus Depot outside CSMVS
When and time:
February 3 – 4 pm (1st tour) & 5:15 (2nd tour)
February 4 – 4 pm (1st tour) & 5:15 (2nd tour)
February 10 – 4 pm (1st tour) & 5:15 (2nd tour)
February 11 – 4 pm (1st tour) & 5:15 (2nd tour)
The Good Bay: Heritage Walk in the Naval Dockyard
Naval Dockyard, also known as Bombay Dockyard is a shipbuilding yard in Mumbai and was established in 1735 by the East India Company. The company brought in shipwrights from their base at Surat in order to construct vessels using Malabar teak. It became the Naval dockyard after India became a republic. Together with the mills, this affair has been responsible for shaping the city’s destiny. Those interested needs to collect the pass on February 3 from the Help Desk. Participants to carry and submit a copy of any Government issued address proof.
Meeting point: Lion’s Gate
When: February 4
Time: 10:45 am
Natural heritage, trees, water bodies play a role in determining the cultural heritage and this walk establishes the symbiotic relationship between cultural and natural heritage. Explore some unique, rare and exotic trees and their interwoven histories with the city. The walk is conducted by Kruti Garg and Dr. Rajdeo Singh, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
Meeting point: Horniman Circle Pyau
When: February 5
Time: 4:15 pm
Yeh Hai ‘Bombay’ Meri Jaan
Ever imagined how would be Mumbai in the 19th century? This session of the festival decodes it for you. Experience the story of moving pictures of late 19th Century Bombay and the evolution of ‘picture palaces’ as they were known depicting the dawn of cinema and cinematic architecture, complimenting itself to changing times.
Meeting point: Capitol Cinema
When: February 8
Time: 4:15 pm
Located on the very tip of the tiny land that makes up Mumbai, Colaba is a diverse and dynamic area of the city, that houses bustling markets, colorful art galleries, and historic monuments. Colaba’s journey from being a fishing district to a cantonment to Cotton Green to a commercial centre and home to trees like African Baobab, Bauhinia, Dikamali and Lagerstroemia, is interesting. This walk interfaces with the natural heritage interspersed with the cultural heritage. Conducted by: Kruti Garg, Dr. Rajdeo Singh, BNHS.
Meeting point: Sassoon Docks
When: February 9
Time: 4:15 pm
A classic culmination of culture, beliefs, elements of nature embodied and manifested in an architectural form through which our heritage stays alive. Come and learn about the oldest monotheist religion in the world and how religious paradigms lend to the sustenance of cultural values. The walk is conducted by Kruti Garg and Sanaeya Vandrewala
Meeting point: Metro Cinema
When: February 10
Time: 1:15 pm