About us

The Kala Ghoda Association was formed on 30th October 1998 with the aim of maintaining and preserving the heritage of the Kala Ghoda area - South Mumbai’s beloved art district.

This was made possible by the coming together of various art galleries, patrons and concerned citizens. Since then, they have successfully conserved the bustling rescent-shaped arts district.

The Kala Ghoda district is renowned for the rich concentration of heritage buildings, art and cultural spaces, such as museums, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and educational institutions. The precinct attracts food connoisseurs, fashion designers, architecture enthusiasts among a host of creative talent. The constant bustle of heritage afficionados is an ode to the rich legacy of the precinct.

You may read more about our restoration work here.

In 1999, the Association started the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – the first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary street art festival that the city of Mumbai had ever seen. The event has now grown into a nine-day arts festival that is marked on the calendars of art lovers across the country. Scheduled in February every year, over nine days starting from the first Saturday to the second Sunday, this multi-cultural festival has grown into the biggest street festival – free of any charges for attendees – in the past two decades. The Festival now draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and, indeed, the world.

With the aim of promoting arts, crafts and cultural heritage in the precinct, all funds raised from the Festival every year are directed towards the restoration efforts undertaken by the Association in the precinct.

Festivals so far