Mumbai Light Festival Shows The Iconic David Sassoon Library In A New Light ‘Literally’

by Mallika Khurana
Mumbai Light Festival Shows The Iconic David Sassoon Library In A New Light ‘Literally’

After a demanding week at work, weekends are all about rejuvenation. And this weekend is lucky for Mumbai residents. The David Sassoon Library and Reading Room, which has been exquisitely restored, will be featured as part of the Mumbai Lights Festival, so get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience. Since it has recently undergone restoration, there is no better way to comprehend the magnificence of this architectural wonder in Kala Ghoda.

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One of the oldest libraries in Mumbai is the David Sassoon Library and Reading Room. Additionally, it is a noteworthy architectural and cultural landmark in this city. It was carefully preserved with the assistance of JSW Group and ICICI Bank, and it has since been restored to its former glory. A projection mapping experience is being held in honour of its grand restoration and, of course, reopening. So get ready to honour this iconic building.

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The David Sassoon Library Is A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kala Ghoda is home to Mumbai’s renowned David Sassoon Library and Reading Room. After undergoing repairs for 16 months, it reopened to visitors on Saturday. As a museum and library for mechanical models and architectural plans, it was initially built in 1867. The Victorian Neogothic architecture of the structure is still present. 

It is among the oldest educational institutions in Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco ensembles. The original architects of the ensembles were J. Campbell and GE Gosling. The institution was renamed the David Sassoon Library and Reading Room in 1938 in honour of Sir David Sassoon, a Baghdadi Jewish businessman who provided the funding for the building of the structure.

In the David Sassoon Library, you can find a sizable collection of books, journals, and manuscripts on a range of subjects, such as science, history, philosophy, and more. The rehousing of nearly 30,000 books in five different languages, including English, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Hindi, was part of this significant restoration project in addition to its beautiful architecture. The library has held these books, some of which are very old, for a long time.

So, are you excited to witness this LIT festival?

Where: The David Sassoon Library and Reading Room, Opp. Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
When: 2-4 June 2023
Timing: 7:30 pm onwards

Cover Image Courtesy: Canva and Instagram/Mumbai Light Festival