Kala Ghoda

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This statue really represents, 'Kalaghoda,'which is found at 'Rani baug', Byculla, Mumbai
Watson's Hotel in Kala Ghoda.
Army & Navy Building in Kala Ghoda,'
Kala Ghoda mural depicting a black horse(kala ghoda).

Kala Ghoda is a neighbourhood in South Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

The name means Black Horse, a reference to the black stone statue of King Edward VII (as the then Prince of Wales) mounted on a horse that was built by Jewish businessman and philanthropist Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, although this statue was removed in 1965 and subsequently placed inside the Byculla Zoo.


The crescent-shaped Kala Ghoda precinct is Mumbai's premier art district. The area is full of museums, art galleries, educational institutions, boutiques, and restaurants. It has a large number of the city's heritage buildings[1] and is home to the Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Prince of Wales Museum and The Arts Trust. Each year, the area hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The offices of art publication, Marg, are on the third floor of the historic Army and Navy Building.[2]

The Esplanade Mansion, India's oldest surviving cast iron building,[3] is in Kala Ghoda. Formerly known as Watson's Hotel, it was the site where films were introduced to India with a screening of the Lumiere Brothers Cinematograph in 1896.

The area is sandwiched between Mumbai Port's docklands to the east, Regal Cinema to the south, Fountain to the north and Oval Maidan to the west. The Bombay Stock Exchange is to its north east.


Sivamani, acclaimed percussionist at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2007

Prominent landmarks include:

'Kala Ghoda signage'


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Marg website
  3. ^ Choudhury, Chitrangada (2005-06-24). "Now listed as 'endangered', Watson’s Hotel was once toast of Bombay". Indian Express (Express Group). Retrieved 2008-12-29. 

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