King Edward’s Statue (Kala Ghoda)
Kala Ghoda is the heart of the city’s art district. At one point in time, in its centre stood a statue of King Edward VIII astride on a ‘kala ghoda’, which is Hindi for ‘black horse’.Black Stone statue mounted on a horse that was built by Jewish businessman & philanthropist Albert Abdu-llah David Sassoon and the locals cheekily named the area after his mount as opposed to the then Prince of Wales.
The statue was shifted in 1965 to the storehouses of Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly Victoria & Albert Museum) in Byculla, and eventually placed at Jijamata Udyan in Byculla. The area, however, continues to be known as Kala Ghoda.
Sandwiched between Bombay Port’s off-limits docklands to the east, Regal Cinema to the south, Fountain to the north and Oval Maidan to the west, Kala Ghoda is a cres cent-shaped area that is thronged by locals and tourists.
In the vicinity are museums, art galleries, educational institutions, boutiques and restaurants. With over 9,290 square metres (100,000 square feet) of existing indoor gallery space, mass outdoor pavement galleries, and exhibition space within the covered arcades, the area becomes a prominent cultural centre. Also nearby are educational institutions like the Bombay University and Elphinstone College. At any time of the year, one will find events, fairs and other creative and cultural events taking place.