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Kala Ghoda is an district in South Mumbai India.

The name literally means Black Horse, a reference to a black stone statue of King Edward VII (as the then Prince of Wales) mounted on a horse that was built by the Jewish businessman and philanthropist Albert Abdullah David Sassoon. Although this statue was removed in 1965, and subsequently, placed in the front of the garden. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly the Victoria & Albert Museum) in Byculla, Central Mumbai, the precinct continues to be called by this name. This garden is popularly known to local public as, Jijamata Udyan.

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.

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The crescent-shaped Kala Ghoda precinct is Mumbai's premier art district. The area, full of museums, art galleries, educational institutions, boutiques and restaurants has a large number of heritage buildings in the city and is home to the Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Prince of Wales Museum and The Arts Trust. Each year, the area hosts the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 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.

The Esplanade Mansion, India's oldest surviving cast iron building. is in Kala Ghoda. Formerly known as Watson's Hotel, it was the site where films were introduced to India with a screening of theLumiere Brothers Cinematograph in 1896.

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