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Watson's Hotel in Kala Ghoda.
Army & Navy Building in Kala Ghoda, with Marg Publications on the third floor.
Kala Ghoda mural depicting a black horse(kala ghoda).

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.



Today, the district is Mumbai's premiere art district, and has the The Arts Trust - Institute of Contemporary Indian Art. Each year, the area hosts a cultural festival promoting the arts. The offices of noted art publication, Marg, established by Mulk Raj Anand in 1946, are also situated in the third floor of the historic Army & Navy Building. [1]

In 1896, films were introduced to India with a screening of the Lumiere Brothers Cinematograph at the Watson's Hotel.

The area is sandwiched between Mumbai Port's off-limits docklands to the east, Regal Cinema to the south, Fountain to the north and Oval Maidan to 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 Exchange district, also called Dalal Street, called after the lane on which the actual Stock Exchange is located.


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

Prominent landmarks include:

Places to Eat

Kala Ghoda signage
  • Bombay Blues
  • Copper Chimney
  • Noodle Bar
  • Gelato Italiano
  • Joss
  • Silk Route
  • Chetana


  1. ^ About us Marg website.

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