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The thriving and proud city of Mumbai suffers from urban decay. The time had come therefore for all sections of the city to focus on reviving it starting particularly from its historic fort area. The Kala Ghoda area was named after a grand 12 foot bronze statue of King Edward the VII on a black horse that once stood in the Plaza of the area. Although the statue has been removed to another location on account of political sensitivity, no one, but no one, refers to this area except as the Kala Ghoda area after the iconic equestrian statue. Today a stylishly painted black horse mural on the wall of one of the buildings of the area draws attention to its name.
With the interventions made by KGA (a public charitable Trust) in the area and its focus on art, the KGA precinct has become the cultural node of the city. The area is a meeting place for artists, sculptors, photographers, musicians, writers, publishers and students who exchange news and views on their special interest. The Prince of Wales museum at the Southern end of the precinct, a premier museum of the country, is a thriving place for culture and the arts. KGA holds events in the public spaces of this museum.
After the advent of the Association., atleast six new art galleries have opened in this area, which is a tribute to the work KGA has done. The area is also dotted with craft centers book and music shops and humorous cafes. There are also a variety of fine stores and boutiques inviting tourists to visit and shop.
To encourage more public participation and appreciation of our cultural and art heritage the KGA’s arts festival is open to all at no cost whatsoever. Many sections of Mumbai’s society who would never be able to afford the fees to the cultural and art shows in the festival are able to come to and appreciate them at festival time. There is not even standing space available at these shows should you happen to come late!
KGA has now undertaken the restoration of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, one of the listed heritage buildings in the area where the films of the festival are shown. It is also proposed to install a water fountain in that area which would provide clean drinking water to the tourists and other people who visit the area.
We are also proposing to restore the quadrangle of the Elphinstone College so that performances can be held there.
To conclude the KGA work is a model for private, public joint participation in a manner that has that can be a model to be replicated in other parts of the city for the benefit of the public at large.
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