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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.

Adult Learners

Once a month, the Museum invites young, talented professionals to lead intensive workshops for adult audiences. Participants benefit from their expertise, experiment with a new art form, develop new skills and leave here inspired!


Current Workshops


Past Workshops



Masterclasses: Traditional Indian Miniature Painting

26-28 January 2018

With National Merit Award winning Master Craftsman from Jaipur
In collaboration with A Hundred Hands

Learn the fine art of Indian miniature paintings across various styles and schools from a Master Craftsman from Jaipur! We are hosting various sessions for various age groups from 26 - 28 January 2018. The workshops will also include special tours of the Museum's collection of miniature paintings.

26th Jan 2018 | 11 am to 2 pm
Workshop open to family groups with a tour of the Museum's miniature paintings collection

26th Jan 2018 | 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Workshop for Adults with a tour of the Museum's miniature paintings collection.

27th Jan 2018 | 11 am to 2 pm
Workshop for Adults with a tour of the Museum's miniature paintings collection.

28th Jan 2018 | 11 am to 2 pm
Special workshop for children with a tour of the Museum's miniature paintings collection.

Workshop charges are Rs 200 per head + Museum entry ticket.

If you can't make it for any of the above slots, we are also hosting walk-in activity station between 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays without the Museum tour! Walk-in sessions are also charged at Rs 200 per head + Museum entry ticket.

About the Master Craftsman:
The original art of Miniature Painting is carried forward today by just a few highly skilled artisans centered around Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan.

Mahesh Kumar Prajapati comes from a family of artisans who have been practicing the art of miniature paintings through hereditary traditions, passed down from father to son. He has won the National Merit Award in 2007 for his contribution to art of Miniature Painting.

About A Hundred Hands:
A Hundred Hands is a nonprofit trust whose mission is to help those directly involved in the creation of handmade art, crafts and homemade foods, to earn a fair and sustainable livelihood from their work. Their vision is to create a world that celebrates the pleasure of handmade crafts in people's homes and daily lives.

A Hundred Hands believes that working with our hands is an inherent instinct that stems from an ancient urge to express our individuality and create beauty – our ancestors decorated their caves for the joy of it. And steeped as we are in a world of mass-produced toys, automated responses and instant gratification, we view hand crafting as a means to slow down, de-stress, find satisfaction in the simple pleasures and lead more creative, contented and fulfilling lives.

Charges: Rs 200 per head
Registration inquiries: education@bdlmuseum.org
Museum entry ticket applicable.



Discover | Click | Cherish #02 A Travel Photography Workshop

JAN 6, 2018      3 pm - 6 pm

By Kunal Bhatia and Shuvajit Payne of Rickety Roads

Travel photography is a broad genre encompassing the many different aspects that make each of our travels unique and personal. Some might be interested in photographing people, while others might find monuments to be more alluring. For some, it might be the grandeur of nature's landscapes that beckon, while for others the effort might be worth it only when photographing an endangered animal.

Whatever be your passions and interest, travel photography can be an extremely engaging and rewarding experience; albeit one that comes with its own set of challenges and 'rules' that must be followed, only to be broken.

The workshop is broadly divided into three components:

1. BEFORE YOU GO: From planning when and where to travel, to creating an itinerary that is conducive to photography - a lot can be done in the planning stage.

2. ON THE ROAD: This is the largest chunk of the workshop. We start with certain fundamentals of composition, framing, colour, backgrounds etc. And then do some outdoor exercises to put these into practise. After a quick review of the participants' images, we do a session on how to break the 'rules' that we just followed. We then touch upon a select few advanced concepts - playing with depth of field, multiple exposures etc, just to open everyone's eyes to the many possibilities of travel photography.

3. AFTER YOU ARE BACK: Don't let your clicks just languish on a memory card. Play with them, edit them and most definitely print them - for that's a great way to improve your skill.

All through the workshop, we'll touch upon travel photography hacks: What do you do when things aren't in your control? Too many people? Barely any light? Overcoming shyness and more!

Participants' profile:
The workshop is open to adults of all ages; and it requires no prior experience of photography, since the methods are based more on intuition and experimentation rather than on technical details. The only requirements for the workshop are loads of enthusiasm and bringing along any sort of camera for the practical exercises - even a phone camera will do.

About the mentors:
Kunal Bhatia and Shuvajit Payne are the travel guys behind Rickety Roads. Their travel photography and writings have been widely published in magazines & newspapers, and they believe that travel photography is a great medium to share stories and enrich one's travel experiences. Explore their work on Facebook at Rickety Roads or at instagram.com/ricketyroads

Age Group: 16+
Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla
Camera Requirements: None! Bring SLR / point & shoot / your cellphone or just your eyes!
Charges: Rs 354, inclusive of taxes and Museum entry ticket for the participants

To book your seat, head to: workshops.ricketyroads.com


Adult Learning Workshop

Write with Art: Craft a Story at the Museum

DEC 03, 2017      11.00 am - 01.00 pm

In collaboration with author Reshma Krishnan Barshikar

Inspired by the exhibition on the Museum’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions, participants engage with the contemporary art works through crafty word play, twisting plot-lines and creative characterisation.

On display are works by renowned Indian artists: Archana Hande, Atul Dodiya, CAMP, Jitish Kallat, L.N.Tallur, Nalini Malani, Praneet Soi, Ranjani Shettar, Reena Kallat, Rohini Devasher, Sheba Chhachhi and Thukral & Tagra.

Age: 12+
Cost: Rs 200 per participant inclusive of materials and museum entry tickets
Number of tickets: 30.
Tickets available on BookMyShow!
For inquiries: education@bdlmuseum.org


Take A Multi-Sensory Tour

DEC 03, 2017      04.30 am - 06.00 pm

In collaboration with Access For ALL

On the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017, join Siddhant Shah, access and interpretation specialist, on a multi-sensory tour of the Museum's contemporary art collection. Get hands on, participate and experience art in new ways!

Open to all Free, museum entry charges apply

Limited to 30 seats

To register please register through the link given:http://bit.ly/2BiWg3I


Raag Elaborations on Sitar with Tushar Bhatia: A Sitar Masterclass From Alap to Jhala

Lecture and live demonstration by Tushar Bhatia

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.

The session will 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.


Workshop: Urban Futures - a collage making activity


OCT 8, 2017     11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Workshop: Urban Futures

A collage activity inspired by the exhibition, 'Crystal Cities' by Jagannath Panda.

Jagannath Panda's paintings, sculptures and installations draw from urban surroundings to explore issues of dislocation and chaos in rapidly changing cities.

Take a tour of the exhibition, reflect on his works and create a collage using found and discarded materials that imagines and maps a future reality for Mumbai.

Age: 16+
Cost: Rs. 200 per participant (inclusive of materials and museum entry ticket)
Register at: education@bdlmuseum.org


Free Family Activity: Make Your Own Diwali Lantern!


OCT 14, 2017     11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This festive season, bring your family to the Museum, get crafty and create your own unique lanterns with recycled and found materials!

Age Group: Open to all
Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The activity is free but Museum entry charges apply.
All materials provided.
Register at: education@bdlmuseum.org


Festive Fun: Kolam Rangoli Painting Workshop


OCT 15, 2017     10.30 am - 1.30 pm

Celebrate Diwali at the Museum! Kolam, also known as the Rangoli or Muggu, is a traditional Indian folk art practised widely in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. It uses geometrical patterns and symbols that are believed to be auspicious. Kolam is usually drawn with rice flour outside homes or in prayer rooms as an invitation to Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali.

The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with Iteeha.

Age group: 16+
Charges per head: Rs 300 inclusive of all materials and Museum entry tickets
Materials provided include: square wooden bases, marigold flowers, design patterns and stencils.
Register at: education@bdlmuseum.org


WORKSHOP: ONCE UPON A STORY!

AUGUST 27, 2017     11 am - 2 pm

An interactive story-writing and imagination building workshop with Vinitha Ramchandani

In collaboration with Open Bracket

Age Group: 18+
Charges: Rs.354

A story is the most powerful tool of learning for anyone. As someone rightly said, "The world is shaped by two things: stories told and the memories they leave behind." If you are one of those who always wanted to write and did not know where and how to start, this workshop is for you!

What this workshop will do for the participants:
1. The workshop will bring the stories out of each participant and strengthen ways to think creatively and strategically.
2. It will equip the participants with a host of tools and creative methods that can be used very effectively whenever ones chooses to start writing.
3. It will bring you together with people who share the same goal.
4. This course is being conducted by an established writer and editor.

Workshop Structure:
1) What is creative writing and how to tell a story
This session will not only explore each participant’s need from the course, it will also examine what each participant is more aligned towards: short story writing, novel writing or biographies or creative non-fiction. 2) The art and craft of short-story writing
This will cover what is the definition of short story writing, how to structure a short story and tips to make a short story work. At the end of this session participants are given three ingredients that may not necessarily connect with each other and they have to work in groups to create a story with these ingredients. 3) How to bring writing to life
Techniques to make YOUR writing stand out. 4) Giving life to characters
Every story has a protagonist. Some stories have more than one protagonist. This session deals with how to breathe life into characters, to make them real and to make your readers ‘see’ the characters as if they were viewing a film. 5) Writing dialogues
Each of the above sessions will include hands-on exercises and guidance post the exercise.

About Vinitha Ramchandani:
Published author of children’s fiction, with 20 published works of children’s fiction available in leading bookstores across the country, Vinitha's books are part of CBSE English Learning Programme (ELP) and is now included in the ISCE ELP. She writes a column on parenting called Mommy 24x7 for magazine Parent Edge and currently writes a column exploring children’s spaces in Mumbai called ‘Mumbai For Kids With Vinitha Ramchandani’ with well-known tabloid, Mid-Day. Her new book for children on Subhash Chandra Bose, commissioned by Hachette, and released in mid-2015 was listed as the top 20 must-have books for children. Vinitha has been an editor for the last 15 years, working in book publishing for the last five years. Her forte is identifying potential manuscripts and helping bestselling authors transform their work. She does this by steering them through tips and tools of writing and editing.

About Open Bracket:
Open bracket is an experimental platform for all things creative! We organize and curate custom made workshops that stand firmly in the no man’s land between classroom lectures and professional training, though never shying from mandatory hops of fun. The workshops are conducted by professionals who are invited from an extensive list of artists and creators from all over the country. To know more log on to www.openbracket.in


WORKSHOP: MAPPING CIRCULATORY LIVES

AUG 06, 2017     3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

An opportunity to add to the content of the on-going exhibition 'Mumbai Return', in collaboration with Urbz!

Share your own stories, images and narratives in this unique workshop that will involve interactive sessions, the use of computers and mobile phones. The Urbz team will work with participants who bring in material from their own lives - photos of their homes and contexts in Mumbai, where they live, as well as of any other place they also belong to.

Conducted by the Urbz team.

Age Group: 16+
Charges: Only Museum entry ticket applicable.
Click HERE for registration!


From Timber to Timbre: A Sarod masterclass by Suresh Vyas

JULY 22, 2017     04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

A masterclass tracing the glorious history of the melodious instrument the Sarod, from its humble origins to its present form.Suresh Vyas of the Senia Maihar Gharana will unravel the instrument even as he shares stories of the great maestro Baba Allauddin Khan.The programme will conclude with a short recital of 2 Raags created by Baba Allauddin Khan.

Charges: Rs. 100 (inclusive of Museum entry charges).

About Shri Suresh Vyas:

Suresh Vyas has earned his tutelage under the legendary Ma Annapurna Deviji daughter of Baba Alauddin Khan. Suresh has been learning the Sarod for over 35 yrs. He is a teacher, performer and a raconteur and has to his credit several performances and speaking assignments.


Activity: Community Drum Circle

JULY 15, 2017    04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

An event where members of the public are invited to drum and create music together. It’s a stress buster, a great way to meet like-minded people and an opportunity to reconnect with your inner rhythm.

Taal Inc. brings music to each and every one in the community! These Community Drum Circles are our little step towards bringing drums, rhythm and the sheer joy that they precede, into every single home. They do these drum circles in Pune, Mumbai and Goa.

You need not be a drummer or musician to be a part of our monthly sessions. If you have an instrument, bring it along else you will be provided with a drum / percussion instrument.

So Mumbaikars, come join us for an evening where you will sing, dance, drum and make new friends!

In collaboration with Taal Inc.

Charges: Rs. 100 for adults

Free for 12 years to 18 years

To register please write to education@bdlmuseum.org

Come. Drum. Be One.

Once Again - You DON'T have to be a drummer to take part in our Drum Circle. NO prior musical experience is required.


Workshop: Textiles on Paper!

JUNE 24, 2017     11:00 am - 02:00 pm

Explore techniques such as block printing, knots & pleats of tie-and-dye that are commonly used fabric to create fun patterns on paper!

Participants will be provided three sheets of special handmade paper made out of fabric, acquired from Rajasthan.

Age Group: 7+ and adults

Charges: Rs 300 per head inclusive of Museum entry ticket and materials

Registration enquiries: education@bdlmuseum.org

In collaboration with Iteeha


OCTOBER 2016

Make Your Own Terrarium!

Participate in this workshop to create a terrarium that you can take back home! Terrariums are unique, mini ecosystems in glass bowls.The workshop will be conducted by a professional gardening expert Anusha Babbar.

This workshop is inspired by the work 'Terrasphere' on display at the Museum as part of an ongoing exhibition titled 'Speculations From The Field' by Rohini Devasher.


AUGUST 2016

Film-Making on the Phone

Short-film and brand maker Rahul Datta of the Starving Artists Films guided the participants on different hacks and techniques for creating short films using just a smartphone.


JULY 2016

What’s your type?

This workshop was presented as part of the outreach for the temporary exhibition ‘EYE ON POLAND: New Graphic Design from Poland’, which showcases contemporary Polish design through posters, books, vinyl and cd covers.

Inspired by this exhibition, the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum hosted a typography workshop conducted by graphic designer and typographer Kruti Saraiya.


MAY 2016

Photomontage Workshop

Drawing on the exhibition ‘Silver Magic Vintage Photographs of the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema’, participants transformed and combined pre-existing, disparate images from Hindi cinema to create a new, imaginary reality. Participants re-created popular scene stills or movie posters from their imagination!


March 2015

Pottery and Clay Modelling

Abbas Galwani, potter, artist and teacher helped enthusiastic participants explore and experiment with a range of wheel and hand building techniques


February 2015

Building Shadow Boxes

Filmmaker, artist and toymaker, Ruchi Bakshi showed participants the tricks to creating their own story in a shadow box


January 2015

Comics and Cartoons

Abhijeet Kini, creator of the popular comics Milk and Quickies and Angry Maushi, held participants enthralled as he guided them through the process of creating their own characters, storylines and artworks!


November 2014

Photo-Walk through Byculla

Travel and adventure photographer Mayank Soni led a photo-walk through the Museum’s immediate neighbourhood of Byculla. Participants explored the heritage precinct’s markets, cafes, bungalows, businesses and religious sites, and, under Mayank’s expert guidance, caught it all on camera!


October 2014

3D Paper Sculpting

Artist and crafter Nibha Sikander revealed how she creates delicate 3D sculptures using only coloured paper and a very sharp cutter.


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