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, JUN 9, 2019   5:00 pm

Difficult Women: The Living traditions of Mirabai
With Anjali Panjabi

Much loved poet-saint Mirabai was also, to put it in no uncertain terms, a “difficult woman”, a woman extraordinarily difficult to contain. She crossed class and caste boundaries, chose to be an artist, and worse, chose to talk about it! She has been so very difficult that it is believed the Mewar community (she was married into their royal family) erased her from their history-telling for 200 years.

And yet, while master-narratives of Mira continue to try and sanitise her, oral traditions on the ground keep radical connections to Mira alive. “She fires so many imaginations,” says Anjali Panjabi, creator of the beautiful award-winning documentary film on Mira ‘A Few Things I Know About Her’. “In telling Mira’s story, you are telling your own story.”

We are delighted to invite Anjali Panjabi, now on her second wave of research on Mira, to share with us stories of people, communities and their links to Mirabai. There is the female impersonator who becomes Mira, the first female Manganiyar to perform in public – Rukmabai – whose story mirrors Mira’s, the many people who connect to Mira through her guru Ravidas, and so many others. Through an exploration of their stories, she will also discuss how oral traditions work on the ground, giving space to alternative stories and the desires of people and communities.

The session is curated by Paromita Vohra.

Venue: Education Centre

Entry free with Museum ticket

Register via BookMyShow!


About the Speaker

Anjali Panjabi

Anjali Panjabi is a filmmaker and independent producer based in Mumbai. She is the founder of Marvi Films. She has several years of experience working in Indian, as well as international projects. Many of the projects she has been associated with have screened at International Festivals like Berlin, Tribeca and Venice Film Festival. The award winning filmmakers she has worked with include Mira Nair, Sabiha Sumar, as well as Prashant Bhargava whose work has been supported by the Sundance Institute. Her documentary films have won awards, including the National Award.

Anjali is working on a community arts project, based on the traditions of Mirabai. This includes a book and a performance piece.

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, June 02, 2019

Indie covers
Shubhashish Upadhyay & Maheshwar Sharma
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Singer / Song writer
Sahil Dhandhia
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Uttarkhandi Folk
Mountone Saaz 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie covers
Shubhashish Upadhyay & Maheshwar Sharma
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.

Special Talk by Bharatnatyam artist - Revanta Sarabhai

At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza

Saturday, May 11, 2019 5:00 pm

Special Talk by Bharatnatyam artist

Revanta Sarabhai: From Cosmic Dance to Climate Change

A journey across three generations in dance

Showcasing innovation in the classical art form of Bharatanatyam, Revanta’s contemporary approach to the traditional pandanallur-style margam breathes fresh life into an ancient tradition. Telling stories of long-distance relationships, the environment and its destruction, and globalisation through Bharatanatyam, the artist shares his creative journey while performing excerpts of his work.

Born into a legacy of dance, Revanta is the third generation of classical dancers following his grandmother, the legendary Mrinalini Sarabhai, and his mother, Mallika Sarabhai, both his gurus. Through this talk, he pays homage to his grandmother, with 2019 marking her centenary, and will throw light on the art form as a reflection of the society and times we live in today.

This programme is supported generously by Mr Cyrus Guzder.

Limited seating on a first come, first serve basis.

Register Here.