From nature lovers to cinema and music aficionados, the Times Celebrate Bandra festival has something for everyone. Whether it was the Tree Walk on day two, where people set out early in the morning to identify and marvel at the natural tree heritage of the suburb, or a string of high-energy renditions by bands that played across a spectrum of genres (KC Loy and his band playing indie songs and Blues No Bar playing some electric numbers at the Carter Road promenade were the highlights), the suburb came alive with performances.
But, the icing on the cake that evening was a rendition of Gulzar’s songs at the Bandra Fort. Gulzar, a resident poet of Bandra, expressed his happiness at being a part of the Times Bandra Festival that was keeping the artistic legacy of the place alive. He also read out a poem on how books were being replaced by electronic gadgets now. “I will be back the next year,” he promised the crowd.
Street performers, mimes and clowns on stilts, aerial dancers and jugglers kept people entertained throughout the day. The food segment, with various mouth-watering delicacies, regaled food lovers. And the chefs behind it, who held revealed their little secrets during a demo session, left the crowd asking for more. There was also a creative discussion on women in cinema, with actress Divya Dutta, filmmaker Bhavna Talwar and photographer Ishita Motwane. “It’s wonderful to see youngsters inclined towards topics like the role of women in cinema. This is indeed a special evening,” said Divya.