Mumbai’s got it going on this month. First of all, the Kala Ghoda Art Festival is happening even as we speak. The festival runs from February 6th to February 13, and features music and dancing, theatrical performances, literature and poetry readings, film screenings, visual arts and street performers. There is also a special program for kids. All of this is free of charge! For an excellent write-up of the festival, check out this piece by Sumiit Lakhutia of MatadorTravel.
The art festival coincides nicely with Mumbai’s second annual Restaurant Week, which also ends February 13th. The restaurant week is an attempt to promote Mumbai’s small but growing fine dining scene by allowing participants to enjoy prix-fixe menus at some of Mumbai’s more upscale restaurants. Each meal costs 1,000 rupees per person, or approximately $20.
Mangal Dalal, a food writer who helped start the first Restaurant Week last year, explained to the New York Times that upscale restaurants face special challenges in a city used to cheap food:
“In Mumbai, people are still very conscious of what they’re paying for a meal. It’s difficult to start a high-end restaurant, which is why we wanted to promote the experience of fine dining and help restaurants attract a more diverse clientele.”
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