Kala Ghoda is a precinct or district in
South Mumbai, India. The name means Black Horse, a reference to a black stone statue of King Edward VII (as the then Prince of Wales) mounted on a horse. Although this statue was removed in 1965 to storehouses of the Bhau Daji Lad Museum(formerly the Victoria & Albert Museum (Mumbai)) in Byculla, Central Mumbai, the name persists. The statue is now in the "Jijamata Udyan" in Byculla.
A reprint of a photograph of the district showing the statue in position is to be seen framed over the entrance to the elevator in the Commerce House building located between Ropewalk Street and Meadows Street (Nagindas Master Road), just off V.B. Gandhi Road.
The district is
Mumbai's premiere art district. Each year, the area hosts a cultural festival promoting the arts.
1896, India's first film was shot here.
The area is sandwiched between Mumbai Port's off-limits docklands to the east,
Regal Cinemato the south, Fountain to the north and Oval Maidanto the west.
North of Kala Ghoda is the Fountain district and south of it is a district variously called after the S.P. Mukerjee Chowk (former Wellingdon Circle), (Prince of Wales) Museum or the Regal Cinema. North-east is located the
Bombay Stock Exchangedistrict, also called Dalal Street, called after the lane on which the actual Stock Exchange is located.
Prominent landmarks include:
* The dilapidated and slummified Esplanade Mansion, once Mumbai's premier and pioneering
Jehangir Art Galleryand the Pavement Gallery
Prince of Wales Museum
National Gallery of Modern Art
Max Müeller Bhavan– Indo-German cultural centre
Army & Navy Building, housing the Westsideshopping store
David Sassoon Library
Knesseth Eliyahoo Synagogue
St. Andrew and Columba's Church
K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, Asia's oldest library and research archive exclusively devoted to Indo-Iranianand Zoroastrianstudies
Civil and Sessions Court
* The dilapidated
Great Western Building, formerly Admiralty House.
Places to Eat
* Bombay Blues
* Copper Chimney
* Noodle Bar
* Silk Route
* [http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com Kala Ghoda Art Festival Organizing Committee]
* [http://www.saffronart.com/artfest/kalaghoda_area.asp A History of the District]
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