Kala Ghoda

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This statue represents 'Kalaghoda', which is found at Rani Bagh, 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 (IPA:Kāḷā Ghōḍā) literally Black Horse is a neighbourhood in South Mumbai area of Maharashtra state of India. The crescent-shaped precinct is the city's premier art district. It has a large number of the city's heritage buildings, and is full of museums, art galleries and educational institutions.like the Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and The Arts Trust.[1] Each year, the area hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. 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.

The name Kala Ghoda means Black Horse, a reference to the presence of a 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 from the precinct in 1965 and subsequently placed inside the Byculla Zoo.

The Esplanade Mansion, India's oldest surviving cast iron building,[2] 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 offices of art publication, Marg, are on the third floor of the historic Army and Navy Building.[3]


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

Prominent landmarks include:

'Kala Ghoda signage'


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  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Marg website

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