Learning at the Museum

The Museum offers a rich selection of learning and outreach programmes focused on providing stimulating, participatory experiences that respond to different age, interest and language groups, and recognize a diversity of backgrounds. These experiences are aimed at encouraging critical engagement with Mumbai’s history, and artistic and cultural developments.


What’s On

Free Workshop | Make Your Own Block-Print Stories

FEBRUARY 03, 2019       11 am - 2 pm

Explore the Museum's current special exhibition, 'Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice' on an interpretive tour! Respond to the artworks and create your own story using block-printing! Get creative with natural and found material to build your character and story board.

'Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice' ,

Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Puja Vaish

On view until 17 Feb, 2019

Age group: Open to all over 6 years of age. Family groups can also participate

Charges: Workshop is free of cost. Museum entry charges applicable.

All materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring fabric or old clothes of their own to work on.


Story ‘xpress Festival

FEB 05, 2019       10.30 am - 2.30 pm

In collaboration with Akshara Foundation

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Akshara Foundation invite NGOs to a unique experience of storytelling for children, conducted by storytellers and authors.

As part of this festival, children can enjoy -

- A Museum Story Walk
- Animal Stories in the Zoo
- Performances
- Workshops

Register: storyexpressacl@gmail.com

Radhika Kundalia - 93210 41908

Reena Agrawal - 98198 12789

Registrations close on Jan 31, 2019.


Performance | Celebrate Vasant Panchami at the Museum!

FEBRUARY 10, 2019       11 am - 1 pm

Join us at the Museum for a performance by Indian classical dancer, Dr. Prachi Jariwala, inspired by the Vasant Ragini, a ragamala painting that celebrates the coming of spring. Take a tour of the Museum's ragamala collection, followed by a performance by Dr. Jariwala and try your hand at painting your own ragamala!

This performance is based on the Museum's collection of Ragamala miniature paintings that depict various ragas from Hindustani classical music, traditionally sung at particular times during a day and in particular seasons to evoke different moods.

About Dr. Prachi Jariwala

Dr. Prachi Jariwala is an accomplished Indian classical dancer, trained in Bharat Natyam, Odissi. She is a disciple of the renowned Smt. Daksha Mashruwala and the late Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She is an empanelled artist under the distinguished Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Dr. Jariwala has performed at several venues including CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, India International Center (IIC), New Delhi and Asian Music Festival at Henley, London among others. Besides being an accomplished dancer, Dr. Jariwala also pursues keen academic interest as an Art Historian. She has taught 'Aesthetics of Indian Classical Dance' at institutes such as Jnanapravah, Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute, K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, SNDT University. She has devised and taught the 'Performing Arts' course at the University of Mumbai's Sanskrit degree program and was one of the select faculty at the Saundarya Mimansa Workshop conducted in Mumbai 2017. She currently teaches students Odissi dance in Mumbai.

Charges: Rs. 100 per participant, inclusive of Museum entry ticket and materials.

Age Group: Open to all. Family groups can also participate.


Workshop | Learn Gond Art!

FEB 17 & 18, 2019      

In collaboration with Ekibeki

Gond art form is practices across central India in Mahrashtra, Chhatisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Gond artists depict their natural surroundings such as trees, animals, rivers, Indian mythology and even their daily lives, abstract emotions and contemporary issues.

Gond paintings are characterised by precise outlines filled with dots and dashes which makes it look fluid and alive. Striking colours are used in Gond paintings and are extracted from natural materials such as flowers (red), tinted soils (yellow & brown), charcoal (black), leaves (green), plant sap and cow dung.

The workshop will start with a brief introduction to the art, the artist, the materials used and its significance. Everyone will be provided basic materials such as paper, poster colours and brushes. The artist will also bring some of her work for sale with the proceeds going back directly to the artist in case you wish to support the art form!

About the artist: New generation Gond artist, Choti Tekam, moved to Bhopal after marriage and was amazed to find several Gond artists in the city. When the iconic Gond artist Ram Singh Urveti gave her paper and colours, she covered the sheet with forms of deer - her favourite animal. She soon started creating her own paintings and it takes anywhere from 8 hours to a few weeks for her create a single painting.

There will be 2 sessions for the workshop:

Session 1 | Sunday, 17 February 2019 Open to all over 15 years of age ,
Time: 3 pm to 6 pm
Charges: Rs 200 per head, inclusive of Museum entry ticket
All materials will be provided.
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Register: Via the form on Ticket URL.
Payments can be made on the day of the workshop.
Please arrive 10 mins before the workshop begins.
Only 30 seats available.

Session 2 | Monday, 18 February 2019 Special free session for BMC Schools and NGOs
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
All materials provided.
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Register: education@bdlmuseum.org