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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, SEP 10, 2017

The Stage is Set: On direction and set design in Theatre
5:00 pm

What is the role of the set in theatre? How do the director and the set designer work together to create a play? Can a set design be so critical as to give direction to a play?

In the city of Mumbai, commercial Marathi theatre works in 4-hour slots - that's 4 hours to set up your play, perform it, and take it down before it moves to the next venue. Yes, they even perform at multiple venues in a day - so sets have to be built in such a way that it fits perfectly into the bus that transports it. In such a scenario, set design is often functional, relegated to box sets giving a basic environment to the play.

We are delighted to invite the duo of Vijay Kenkre - actor and director - and Pradeep Mulye - designer - to Mumbai Local for a conversation about directing, set design and theatre. Vijay and Pradeep began there working relationship way back in 1979, as actors. Since then. Pradeep is Vijay's go-to set designer when he directs a play, for, according to Vijay, 'Pradeep makes sets which direct the play.'

Look forward to a wonderful evening of jugalbaandi between a director and a set designer, who have over years brought their creative energies together to make some of the most amazing sets in the trying circumstances of Marathi commercial theatre. Through delightful anecdotes and fascinating visuals, they will share their creative process and expression with us - we can expect to enjoy the particular genius of Pradeep Mulye through the eyes of his director-friend Vijay Kenkre. See you on Sun 10th September, 5 pm at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. And a gentle reminder - to please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested - the more people who join us the merrier!

Click HERE for registration.
Venue: Education Centre
Entry free with Museum ticket


About the Speaker

Vijay Kenkre, with his magnificent career that spans over three decades, Vijay Kenkre is amongst the most reputed and acclaimed actors and directors in Marathi theatre. All his work is a reflection of his unique creative vision and has received many awards and laurels through the years. His most critically-acclaimed plays include Charshe Koti Visarbhole, his adaptation of Othello, Sangeet Purnavatar, Mitra, Nakatalt Sare Ghadle, Sundar Mee Honar and Sneha Mandir.

Vijay Kenkre is actively involved in grooming new talent by using his expertise for various theatre training activities. He often directs plays for not just the professional Marathi theatre circuit, but for the amateurs as well. He is also an honorary faculty member for the Academy of Theatre Arts in Mumbai University and a visiting faculty member in the University of Pune.

Pradeep Mulye, designed a light and Sound show called 'Discovery of India' for New India Assurance Ltd. in 1984. Art-Direction & Costume Designed for a TV serial 'tree Jatak' (Marathi) in 1992 and 'LifeLin' Hindi for U.T.V. Both directed by Pratima Kulkarni in 1995. Directed and Art-directed the TV Serial based on dance drama 'Durga Zali Gauri' in 1988.

Directed and Art-directes 'Shitu', a full-length Tele Film in Konkani, based on a wellknown Marathi novel by Go. Ni. Dandekar in 1994. Designed and Directed a highly acclaimed & spectacular children's Dance-Drama 'Raja Sinh' based on 'Lion King'. Designed and Directed 'Indu Kale va Sarala Bhole', an theatrical presentation of a milestone Marathi novel by the same name by Waman Malhar Joshi. It was produced by 'Awishkar' in 2003. Designed and Directed a dramatised version of 'Sare Prawasi Ghadiche' an adaption by Shafaat Khan of a Marathi novel by Jaywant Dalvi. It was produced by 'Suyog' in 2009. Designed & Directed a Marathi play 'Dry Day' by Shafaat Khan, produced by 'Aawishkar' in 2013. Designed & Directed a Marathi play 'Maoo' by Santosh Gujar, produced by 'Aawishkar' in 2017.

Pradeep has been interviewed extensively by print and electronic media, hi-lighted by an interview in Rang-Antarang a Theatre Development Project, NCPA and Sea-Gull Theatre Quarterly. A part of curation and editorial team for 'Rangnayak', a book on the life and works of Arwind Deshpande. And 'Ten Aani Amhi' a collection of articles by various theatre personalities, on the works of Vijay Tendulkar.

He has also been working on Marathi Stage, both experimental and professional, in various capacities such as Production, Direction, Acting, Set Designing, Stage Lighting and Costumes Designing etc. During which, he was fortunate enough to train under and work with stalwarts such as Guru Parvatikumar, Damu Kenkre, Vijay Tendulkar, Arwind Deshpande, Pt. Satyadeva Dubey etc.

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 third Sunday of every month.

Sunday, SEP 03, 2017

Uttarakhandi Folk
Mountoun Saaz 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie Pop
Boys from South Park
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, SEP 17, 2017

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

Uttarbharatiiya Folk
Achchai pandey & Ajit Kumar
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tickets now available on BookMyShow!


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.

Raag Elaborations on Sitar with Tushar Bhatia: A Sitar Masterclass From Alap to Jhala
(Lecture and live demonstrations)

NOV 19, 2017

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us as we trace the journey of this magnificent string instrument, the brief history and origin of sitar, including the basic playing techniques, and live demonstration of the main features of raag elaborations including the alap, jhala, jor and gat.

In collaboration with Swardhara Events.

Age Group: Open to children over 12 years of age and adults

Charges: Rs. 200 (inclusive of Museum entry charges) for adult.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E)
Inquiries: education@bdlmuseum.org

Tickets now available on BookMyShow!

Venue:Education Centre, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum