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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, MARCH 12, 2017

Living Many Lives: On Building and Performing Characters

How do you develop a character? How do you convincingly portray diverse characters? How do you make the performance seem effortless? How do you make sure a role does not feel repetitive? Does the medium of performance influence the way you develop a character? What are the journeys you go on?

We are delighted to invite Neena Kulkarni – theatre, film and television actor – to Mumbai Local this week. Neena Kulkarni is an actor who delivers stellar performances across different fields and languages with absolute ease. She treats each character as a unique individual – a learning that began from her days in theatre with Satyadev Dubey and Vijaya Mehta. So, no matter how many mothers she plays, each is a different person, a unique individual.

At this Mumbai Local, she will give us a glimpse into how she creates diverse characters through her own unique process of internalisation. She will also share with us how the particular medium she is performing in – theatre, television or film – affects her characterisation, and the choices she makes in developing the character.

Look forward to getting an insider’s view into the Neena Kulkarni’s process of character development. And to getting treated to glimpses of those characters coming to life as well. You may at one moment think you are listening to Neena Kulkarni, only to find that you are actually speaking to Mrs Iyer!

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Venue: Education Centre
Entry free with Museum ticket


About the Speaker

Neena Kulkarni, actress, model, column writer, producer and director, began her acting journey in the 1970's on Marathi professional stage and Hindi experimental stage. She simultaneously pursued her career in fashion shows and modelling as well. Pt. Satyadev Duey was her first guru and she went on to be a part of several Hindi productions under his direction. Her prominent play performances include Mohan Rakesh's Adhe Adhure, Shankar Shesh's Mayavi Sarovar and Willie Russell's Educating Rita.

In 1978, Dr. Vijaya Mehta chose her to play Shabbo in Anil Barve's Hamidabai chi Kothi, and that’s when her long journey with Bai began. Bai took Neena Kulkarni into the remarkable world of Marathi theatre with Mahasagar and Savitri. She continues to assist Bai in her workshops.

Neena Kulkarni has won several awards, like Natya Darpan, State Awards, and the Natya Parishad recognition, for her performances in Marathi theatre. The plays include Mahasagar, Akasmat, Dhyani Mani, Vatvat Savitri, Dehabhaan, Prem Patra, Hamidabai chi Kothi and Chapa Kaata. She also directed the play Mahasagar in 2011. Apart from Marathi theatre, Neena Kulkarni is an acclaimed artist in other languages and fields as well. Her English plays include Mahatma versus Gandhi and Wedding Album. Her prominent Marathi films are Savat Maazhi Laadki (State Award for Best Actress) Aai, Uttaryan, Shevri (for which she won the National Award and PIFF award as producer) Sari var Sari (State Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Bioscope (Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress). Her latest television show Yeh hai Mohabatten is currently running its 4th year.

Neena Kulkani has also worked in several international projects including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Rani (a French series), and Noces (a French film that will premier in Paris in February 2017).

As a column writer for Loksatta, Neena Kulkarni successfully ran her column Antarang for 3 years. This has been published as a book by the same name and has run into 3 editions.

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)

Sunday, MARCH 5, 2017

Folk Fusion
Suresh Kala & Asit Sakpal
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie Pop
Hakuna Matata
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, FEBRUARY 19, 2017

Uttarakhandi Folk
Achchai Pandey & Ajit Kumar
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie Pop
Hakuna Matata
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.