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

FESTIVE FUN: Make your own Rakhi!

AUG 05, 2017      11:00 am - 02:00 pm

With Raksha Bandhan around the corner what would be a better gift for your brother (or sister!) than a hand-made rakhi?

Explore the colours, patterns and designs in Museum's permanent collection and get inspired to create your own, unique Rakhi!

This activity is free and open for all! Materials will be provided by the Museum. Museum entry charges applicable


Workshop: Many People, Many Places, One City

AUG 06, 2017      10:30 am - 1:30 pm

This workshop for children aims to explore one’s home as a network of people and places through drawing and collage. Inspired by ongoing exhibition 'Mumbai Return', in collaboration with Urbz. Conducted by Ginella George.

Ginella George is an architect. She has a practice and teaches in Mumbai. Her research and academic explorations focus on historic areas – their relevance, functionality and transformation in present times. Through her work she constantly examines history and its engagement with heritage discourse with a focus on communities.

Charges: Rs 200 per head
Age Group: 8 - 15 year olds
Registration: education@bdlmuseum.org


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!


FESTIVE FUN: MUSEUM GANPATI TRAIL + MAKE YOUR OWN CLAY GANESH

AUGUST 20, 2017      10:30 am - 1:30 pm

This Ganesh festival, go on a trail to find the elephant-headed God in the Museum's collection and try your hand at sculpting your own clay Ganpati!

Age Group: Open for all
Charges: Museum entry charges applicable.
All materials will be provided, please bring your own pen/pencil.
No prior registrations required.


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 Brackets

Conducted by Dhwani Shah, an illustrator and graphic designer working with Tara Books. Dhwani has studied design from Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

In collaboration with Tara Books

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


Children's Film Festival

AUGUST 27, 2017      4 pm - 5pm

Presented in collaboration with the Canada in India (High Commission of Canada)

Video line-up:

1.   Asthma Tech | 2006 | 7 min
In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day. In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

2.   Maq and the Spirit of the Woods by Phyllis Grant | 2006 | 8 min
This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation.In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

3.   Jaime Lo, Small and Shy by Lillian Chan | 2006 | 7 min
Jaime Lo's father is sent to Hong Kong for a year-long work assignment. A shy Chinese-Canadian girl, Jaime Lo must use her creativity to cope with his absence. It is a lighthearted glimpse into a common dilemma that many immigrant families face, where one parent must work overseas in order to provide for the rest of the family back home.In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

4.   Mind Me Good Now! by Chris Cormier & Derek Cummings | 2005 | 8 mins
In this animated short 2 children, Tina and Dalby, disobey their mama with almost tragic consequences. Having strayed away from home, they run afoul of a local "cocoya," a wicked spirit that loves to eat little boys! But through Tina's resourcefulness and cunning, the cocoya is vanquished and the children run back to mama's forgiving arms. In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

5.   The Girl Who Hated Books by Jo Meuris | 2006 | 7 mins
This animated short about literacy introduces us to Meena, a young girl who hates books even though her parents love to read. Books are everywhere in Meena's house, in cupboards, drawers and even piled up on the stairs. Still, she refuses to even open one up. But when her cat Max accidentally knocks down a huge stack, pandemonium ensues and nothing is ever the same again. In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

6.   Tzaritza by Theodore Ushev | 2006 | 7 mins
This animated short by Theodore Ushev combines warmth, humour and magic in a story about a young girl who misses her grandmother. When Lili finds a 'tzaritza' (magic shell) along the seashore, she hatches a plan to bring her Grandma from Bulgaria to Montreal to make her father happy.In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

Recommended age group: 5 years & above

Museum Entry fee applicable

Adult Rs. 10/-

Child Rs. 5/-

Limited seating on a first come, first serve basis.

Kindly note that eatables will not be allowed in the Education Centre where the screening will take place.