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, May 31, 2018

A World without Heroes, Villains & Victimes!

5:00 pm

Stories are powerful vehicles of engaging with the world. Every culture has its own stories to understand, negotiate and ask questions of life, and we pass these stories down from generation to generation. But take a step back and look at stories from afar, and you will see the structures that underlie stories - structures that express a culture's understanding of the world, that privilege certain perspectives over others.

In our world of human rights discourse, social justice, identity politics and the growing desire to identify oneself as victim, Devdutt Pattanaik asks, "Can you tell the story without right and wrong, good and bad? What structure do I use? Is there an alternate structure? And if there are no heroes, villains and victims, can there be saviours in the world? If there are no villains, who do you accuse? Then what is this narrative of accusation?"

We are delighted to invite Devdutt Pattanaik - Mythologist, Author, Illustrator - yet again, to Mumbai Local. With him, we will enjoy stories and examine the patterns and structures underlying stories. We will begin to unravel the worldviews that underlie stories, and explore how these impact our consciousness and thereby our demands and expectations of the world.

And wonder what would happen if we opened ourselves up to other paradigms - some of them already deeply embedded in our culture. How would we be if we could imagine alternatives?

Venue: Education Centre

Entry free with Museum ticket

RSVP via BookMyShow


About the Speaker

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik writes and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times.

Trained in medicine, he spent 15 years in healthcare and pharmaceutical industries including Apollo Health Street and Sanofi Aventis, before joining Ernst & Young as Business Advisor. All this while, he spent his spare time studying and writing on sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their impact on culture.That is when he met Kishore Biyani of Future Group (Big Bazaar, Pantaloon, Central) who convinced him to turn his passion into his profession.

His columns on management and culture appear in Economic Times while his shows are popular in CNBC and CNBC Awaaz. He has written over 25 books and 400 articles on mythology for people of all age groups.

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, May 06, 2018

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

Uttarabharatiya Folk
Achchai Pandey & Ajit Kumar
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Indie Pop
Subir Ghosh
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hindustani Classical Violinist
Swara Murthy
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.