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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.
At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza
Get involved in this interactive session where artists and scientists share their stories with the public.
Music: A culture’s subconscious
"It has been said, art reflects culture but today in music our culture reflects an art that is far too commercial to be representative of the grass roots." - Vehrnon Ibrahim
Why is it so necessary for musicians to be able to make the music they want to? How is it important for our culture and history? In an industry that is dominated by commercial music, is there space for the artists to express and voice their identity? How does one create channels that enable this expression of music? How can each one of us contribute?
We are delighted to invite Vehrnon Ibrahim - music professional - to Mumbai Local. Beginning his career with music as the lead singer of one of India's first heavy metal band, Millennium, Vehrnon believes very strongly that musicians must have the space to express themselves freely. "Over 95% of commercial music in India is made for films and though the music is world-class in quality, it often does little to reflect the subconscious of our culture, in many ways, it has become our culture. If music is made the other way around, by musicians reflecting what the culture actually is, it will be a far better record and have far more value even if some of us find it distasteful.", says Vehrnon. This deep belief defines and drives his work in the music industry. For him, making music is not just about showcasing sheer talent, but about representing the voice of an entire generation. Bringing together this commitment to the musician's voice with creative thinking in the commercial space, Vehrnon dreams up efforts like Fanagig, which facilitates concerts driven by fan demand.
At this Mumbai Local, Vehrnon will be sharing with us his ideas, his work towards finding different models to enable musician's own voices, and his dreams for the future of music.
Look forward to an inspiring evening with a passionate, knowledgeable and driven individual. And look forward to seeing the possibilities created by brilliant pragmatism at work.
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Venue: Education Centre
Entry free with Museum ticket
Vehrnon was a salesman for his father's cardboard box factory when he was 17. He hated it but needed the money and well, this was his father. Clients were mostly the small bakeries Bangalore is famous for. Cold calls and regular clients, orders for different shaped boxes, numbers and sizes, a silk screen logo print here a cut and fold crease there then haggle over delivery schedules and of course - rates. He got paid plus commissions but it wasn't now he wanted to earn. Vehrnon wanted to believe in what he was doing, use some unique skill of his own and create money out of that. So he decided - if by the time he hit 21 he was not living off his talent he would resign himself to selling boxes... Since then he has made a living as a Vice President of Programming for National FM Radio Networks, a House Music DJ, the Frontman of Indian Heavy Metal band Millennium, an Event Manager, an Audio Engineer both live and in studios, a Music Producer and Song Writer, a Stage and Lighting Designer, an Interactive Television Creative Director, a regular Columnist on Music and Creativity. Today he hosts Radio Shows, is a Founder Director of Fanagig (committed to bringing music artists and their passionate fans together for awesome live music experiences) and HOD Music Business & Entrepreneurship at the True School of Music. So as it turned out, Vehrnon never did need to go back to making money out of boxes but he did end up making a lot of money out of the box…
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.
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 third Sunday of every month.
Boys from South Park
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mountone Saaz 3
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Setu Singh & Manoj Sharma
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Achchai Pandey & Ajit Kumar
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.
Documenting Cinema with Sandesh Bhnadare
In this edition of Museum Katta, Sandesh Bhandare will be presenting his research into the changing practices and ecology of the performance form of Tamasha across Maharashtra.
11:30 am - 01:30 pm
The form of Tamasha is said to have emerged about 300 years ago as an entertainment for the Moghul and Peshwa armies. It was predominantly performed by the women with a mix of song, dance and satire woven into a simple narrative.
In 2001, supported by a grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, Bhandare documented performances by various tamasha troupes as he accompanied them to yatras and fairs in the Konkan, Marathwada and Vidarbha districts of Maharashtra. His output was prodigious. Over 7,000 still photographs have captured both familiar and obscure facets of the lives of a breed of performing artistes who have been so egregiously marginalised, both culturally and socially. In 2006, Bhandare even published a book documenting this unique photographic journey. The economics of tamasha tours, the intriguing differences in performing styles across various regions, the subtleties that belie conventional notions of tamasha, and the sheer appetite for life demonstrated by the lavani performers even in the face of impoverishment and social ostracism, are some of the compelling narratives that emerge from Bhandare’s photographs, marked by an unflinching observation of both the striking and the mundane.
Charge: Only Museum entry ticket applicable, the session is free of cost.
Open to all. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Kishori Aamonkar: A Memoir
Screening of 'Bhinna Shadja' a film based on Kishori Amonkar's life, followed by a discussion with her disciples, Nandini Bedekar and Raghunandan Panshikar Programme will be conducted in Marathi.
11:30 am - 01:40 pm
Programme will be presented in Marathi.
Charge: Only Museum entry ticket applicable, the session is free of cost. Open to all. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.