Please Do Touch the Art. Kala Ghofa Fest Wants You To

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Please Do Touch the Art. Kala Ghofa Fest Wants You To


Mumbai, Feb. 1 -- This time around, no one will ask you not to touch the art installations at Rampart Road. In fact, at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2015, you are being invited to get as close to the works as you want to and take as many selfies as you like - because the theme this year is Tactile or Sparsh.

"As the theme suggests, all 50 works are designed to touch you emotionally - and are interactive," said Tarana Khubchandani, section curator.

For instance, a 15-ft by 10-ft installation titled Cycling Tree will invite visitors to step up and cycle on it. The mechanical energy generated will light up a 'tree' made up of 15 cycle wheels. "The idea is to promote cycling. We want to tell people that it is healthy and environment-friendly. The mechanical energy generated could be used to create something beautiful," said Biraj Parikh, an architect and co-creator of the installation. "This is our first time at the festival and we are very excited."

Another installation Amby-Sad-Err by Hetal Shukla will feature a colourful Ambassador as a tribute to the now-almost-obsolete car, which was once the pride of Indian streets.

In addition to the installations, photo exhibitions will showcase works by eight photographers at the David Sassoon Library, Artists' Centre gallery and on Rampart Road. Architect and photographer Nakul Vengsarkar will show 10 images from his collection, Pause, all captured in Mumbai. …

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