Free Public Tours

Explore the Museum with the
curatorial team every weekend.

Time: Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am English Tour
12:30 pm Hindi/Marathi Tour
Open to all.
Museum ticket applicable.
Closed on Wednesdays.


The Museum’s extensive outreach includes theatre, performance, public lectures and film as well as programmes in collaboration with other organizations.

What’s On

Mumbai Local with Junoon

At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza

Get involved in this interactive session where artists and scientists share their stories with the public.

Sunday, Sep 09, 2018

Coping with Difficulty:Through the Computational Looking Glass 5:00 pm

Coping with difficulty is a life experience all of us will go through multiple times. It's usually a fairly messy process. Leave it to mathematicians however to find a clear, precise, logical way in which to define coping with difficulty, of course, within the realm of mathematics. They look at a series of yet unsolved problems, and ask, which of these is a hard problem, and which is not Then they ask, how can you harness the hardness in your favour? The mathematics they create in the process ends up leading to some amazing real life applications like network security!

We are delighted to invite Prahladh Harsha - theoretical computer scientist - to Mumbai Local, to share with us his work in Theoretical Computer Science, focusing on Coping with Difficulty. This conversation will take us into the beauty of mathematics as a study of patterns and structures, and the fascination of the P versus NP problem for mathematicians, and perhaps, once we understand it, for us as well (if you watch Elementary on Netflix, you might have encountered this problem in one of the episodes, where mathematicians kill to solve this problem!).

This session is curated by Arnab Bhattacharya.

Venue: Education Centre

Entry free with Museum ticket

RSVP via BookMyShow


About the Speaker

Prahladh Harsha is a theoretical computer scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Prahladh is interested in looking at problems from a computational lens using tools from algebra, analysis and information theory. He obtained his BTech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 1998 and his PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. He has worked at Microsoft Research, Univ. Texas, Austin, TTI Chicago and has been at TIFR since 2010.

About Junoon

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is glad to partner with Junoon, co-founded by Sanjana Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar, to present Mumbai Local - a community arts initiative. Mumbai Local dream is to build generous and inclusive communities of people across Mumbai by embedding the arts into our collective neighbourhood experience.

Live Music

With the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)

Visitors can be a part of this exciting outdoor experience. NSPA performances are held at the Museum Plaza through the year on the first Sunday of every month.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Marathi Abhang
Sochh Band
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Semi Classical
Ali Zaidi
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Uttarbharatiya Folk
Achchai Pandey and Manoj Sharma
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Uttarakhandi Folk
Anjali Joshi, Chetan Parab, Omkar Dhumal and Shambhu Haldar
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) is a non-profit initiative to revive a culture of public performances and support the livelihoods of artists. Launched in October 2012, NSPA hosts musical performances for a total of 37 hours every week across 6 major railway stations on the Western and Central Rail Networks, and the Horniman Circle Gardens at Fort, Mumbai.

NSPA seeks to reclaim public spaces for the arts encouraging greater interaction between artists and the community, creating vibrant spaces of cultural interaction and energising the very city and its people with greater art consciousness. They work towards securing the livelihoods of independent artists across diverse art forms, thus, enabling them to follow their passion and take their art to new and larger audiences.

Museum Katta

Powada Performance at the Museum!

Presented by Ganesh Chandanshive, Shahir Yashwant Jadhav and group

Sunday, September 30     5 pm - 7 pm

M.V. Dhurandar's paintings skillfully capture significant moments in the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and depict the valour, aura and a humanitarian side of the heroic King. Join us for a powada performance by renowned folk theatre artists Dr. Ganesh Chandanshive, Shahir Yashwant Jadhav and others who will recite traditional folk songs of this rich history against a backdrop of these paintings at the Museum.

Venue: Special Projects Space, Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Museum entry charges applicable. Programme is free of charge. Kindly note that it will be conducted in Marathi.
Limited seating on a first come, first serve basis.

Aaj Ya Deshamadhye

Museum Katta with Chandrakant Kale

At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

To mark the Independence Day, the Museum has invited Chandrakant Kale, a well-known Marathi playback singer and actor to perform select poems that focus on sociological issues of the post Independence era, that are still relevant to us today.

Compositions by renowned Marathi poets B. S. Mardhekar, Kusumagraj, Arun Kolatkar and V. D. Karandikar as well as verses by Menka Shivdasani, Nilmoni Phukan, G. S. Shivarudrappa, Shakti Chattopadhyay, A. K. Ramanujan, Ayyappa Panikkar, Akhtar Ul Iman, A. G. Sankara Pillai will be read during the performance. The poems in other Indian languages are translated in Marathi by Anupama Ujgare.

Chandrakant Kale's theatre academy 'Shabdvedh', has showcased programmes like 'Preetrang', 'Shevantiche Ban', 'Amrut Gatha' that offer fresh ideas and perspectives.

This programme will be conducted in Marathi.


About Museum Katta: Museum Katta, a curated programme series in Marathi, was launched at the Museum in April 2017 to showcase historical and contemporary social and cultural practices in folk art, cinema, literature, theatre, music and visual arts. So far we have invited eminent personalities like actor-director Amol Palekar to narrate ‘History of Marathi Cinema’, actor Sunil Barve to share story of ‘Herbarium’, a project dedicated to reviving yesteryear’s theatre practices, Sandesh Bhandare to present the photo-documentation of the art of Tamasha, a workshop focused on improving Marathi language skills among children for parents and teachers by Madhuri Purandare, a performance by Vandana Khare on feminist literature, Chitanya Tamhane, director of ‘Court’ discussed alternate Cinema practices, screening of Bhinna-Shadja, a short film by Amol Palekar and Sandhya Gokhale on veteran singer Kishori Aamonkar’s life and practice, followed by a discussion with her disciples Raghunanadan Panshikar and Nandini Bedekar, screenings of researcher-writer-director Anjali Kirtane’s short films on the legendary scholar and writer Durga Bhagwat, the first woman physician Dr. Anandibai Joshi, and music performer Pt. Dattatraya Vishnu Paluskar. In memory of eminent playwright Vijay Tendulkar,we organized dramatic readings of selected acts from his plays, enacted by the actors of the renowned theatre group, Awishkar.

Time: 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Open to all. Museum entry charges applicable.

Registration: goo.gl/pxLe4W

Limited seating on a first-come, first serve basis.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, next to Veermata Jijabai Bhonsale Udyan (Rani Bagh), Byculla East.