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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, Aug 12, 2018

The Syntax of Beauty

5:00 pm

They say film-making happens on the editors table. The final meaning making happens in the edit. The ultimate aesthetic of the film finds expression here as well.

Apart from technical knowledge for editing a film, what does an editor need to know? What knowledge, if any, does he need to have on the subject of the film, and how does that impact his editing?

We are delighted to invite Sankalp Meshram - the compassionate cutter - who wears the dual hats of editor and director, to Mumbai Local. Editing and making a film, according to Sankalp, is about "about casting a wider and wider net of possibilities. Eventually the form of the dish you prepare, should hopefully be completely different from what you started out with. Then it's surprising and new and fresh."

We will journey with Sankalp through his journey from being an editor to also being a director, always committed to "making meaning and beauty". He will share with us his learnings and unlearnings, his challenges and discoveries, with a focus on his award-winning films on Girija Devi and Alarmel Valli. If we are lucky, he will also give us an insight into the new film on Amir Khusrao that he is working on.

This session is curated by: Paromita Vohra - Filmmaker and writer, Founder and Director of Parodevi Pictures, Founder and Creative Director of Agents of Ishq.

Venue: Education Centre

Entry free with Museum ticket

RSVP via BookMyShow


About the Speaker

Sankalp Meshram was born in Nagpur in 1966. He was brought up in Gwalior, Calcutta and Goa. He graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai and went on to do Law Post Graduation from the Government Law College, Mumbai. He then did the Postgraduate diploma course in Film Editing from the Film and Television Institute, Pune in 1994. He has been practicing as a Writer, Producer, Director and Editor of films in Mumbai for the last 24 years. Completing more than 150 film projects.

He has received Five National Awards apart from many other Citations and Awards from other forums. He has been involved in all kinds of films in both Fiction and Non Fiction. He has Co-Created Art Installations by N Pushpamala, Archana Hande, Shankuntala Kulkarni and many other Renowned Artists. The Art Installation called Paris Autumn Co - Created with N Pushpamala is on the permanent display at the prestigious Centre-Pompidou Gallery in Paris. He has Edited the Feature Films 'Katha Don Ganpatraonchi', 'Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, Mirch, Pappu Can't Dance Saala, Utt Patang, Jaanisar, T for Taj Mahal, Man Beyond the bridge and Baga Beach. He has directed many Popular Television shows like 'Surabhi', 'Kaliedoscope', 'Good Food Guide, 'Dil Deke Dekho', 'Happy Go Lucky', MTV Film Fraud Awards and MTV Filmi Fundas. In 2001, He received the National Award for Best Editing for the documentary film 'Lokapriya' - Directed by Arun Khopkar. In 2005, He wrote and directed a Feature Film titled 'Chhutkan Ki Mahabharat' for which he received the National Award as Director in the Best Children's Film category. The film has been shown in more than 100 film festivals all over the world.

In 2006 he received the IDPA award for best editor for the film Riding Solo to the top of the world. The film has subsequently won more than 35 international awards In 2012, He received two National Awards as Producer and Director for the Documentary film 'Lasya Kavya - The world of Alarmel Valli' in the category for Best film on Art and Culture. The film has also been shown in more than 35 international festivals. In 2013, he wrote and directed a film on Charles Correa's Architecture titled Into the Unknown. The film was shown at the opening ceremony of Charles Correa's Exhibition at London titled India's greatest Architect. The film has subseqently been shown in more than thirty film festivals.

In 2018 He received The National Award for the Documentary film 'Girija - a Lifetime in music' as Director in the category for Best film on Art and Culture. The film has won three international awards to date. Sankalp Meshram is also deeply interested in Music. He learnt the Tabla for ten years from the Madho Music College at Gwalior. He can also play the Djembe, Harmonium, Keyboards, Flute, Spanish Guitar and the Mouth Organ. He also sometimes sings Semi Indian Classical Vocal Music. He can speak seven Indian Languages - Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Konkani, Gujarati, Bundelkhandi and English. He is deeply interested in Philosophy, Linguistics, Science, Poetry and Mysticism.

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, August 05, 2018

Indie Pop
Puneet Brahma
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Marathi Abhang
Sochh Band
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Indie Pop
Chanchal Azad and Pratham Joshi
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie Pop Sufi
Vishal Bajpai
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.

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.