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

Workshop: Digital Embroidery with Christian Lölkes

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

DECEMBER 06, 2018       02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Join us for a special, one of a kind, workshop inspired by our ongoing exhibition, 'Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice'.

An interactive tour of the exhibition with a member of the Museum's curatorial team will be followed by an activity in which participants create patterns and shapes using computer codes and maths. These designs will then be fed into a digital embroidery machine and embroidered.

The workshop activity will be facilitated by Christian Lölkes from ZKM, Karlsruhe in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai.

About the Exhibition 'Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice' attempts to trace textile practices, traditions and histories in Contemporary Indian Art. As a medium textile has an intrinsic meaning and context. The material’s history, its modes of production and its function as a cultural object inform its use in contemporary art practice. Textiles, both as practice and form are inextricably linked to complex histories of legitimation and hegemony, colonial trade, industry, and the freedom movement. Textiles define culture through the relationship between body, cloth, selfhood, attires, identities, and fashion.

Juxtaposed with the Museum’s textile collection, the exhibition re-looks at the narratives invoked through a range of artworks. It showcases many forms of artistic practice that have approached the process of art-making by engaging ‘craft’ and ‘traditional’ practices, to address contemporary concerns.

The exhibition, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Puja Vaish, is on view from 2nd December 2018 - 17th February 2019.

About Christian Lölkes Christian Lölkes is curator with the ZKM, Karslruhe, Germany. He co-curated the exhibition Open Codes. Digital Culture Techniques, which was an association between ZKM, Karlsruhe and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, and was presented at Gallery MMB in April and May 2018. Lölkes is also an active part of the German coding community ‘Chaos Computer Club (CCC)’.

Age Group: 12+ yrs
A workshop is free and Open to all. Museum entry ticket applicable.
Limited Seats. Prior registration is mandatory. Click HERE to reserve your seat.

Requirements: Each participant to bring a laptop and a t-shirt or cloth to embroider and take away with them.


Lecture + Performance

'Singing the texts, Dancing the stories: Miniatures from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Come to Life'
By dancer-storyteller Rajika Puri

DECEMBER 08, 2018       6 pm - 7.30 pm

Join us at the Museum for a lecture + performance by Rajika Puri on the Museum's collection of miniature paintings - specifically the Ragamala and Pahadi Kangra miniatures.

The Museum's collection of Ragamala Paintings from Jaipur depicts various ragas from classical Indian music, personified into paintings. The Pahadai Kangra miniatures depict episodes from the life of Krishna and the various mythological stories narrated in a single painting.

Dancer-storyteller Rajika Puri sings, dances and tells the stories captured in the paintings, bringing them alive. She is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Odissi dance forms. She is well known both for a form of danced storytelling she has developed (‘Sutradhari Natyam’) and for her onstage pre-performance slide lectures that help audiences make connections between a range of aspects of Indian dance – music, theatre and cultural contexts.

Rajika Puri is often invited to be Narrator or ‘Sutradhar’ for dance festivals in New York, many of which she is herself co-curates and co-presents. Rajika’s slide presentations on Indian ‘miniature’ paintings arise from extremely well-received sessions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in which she danced alongside Rajput miniatures in the museum’s galleries.

This programme will elaborate upon the stories and bring alive the miniatures from the Museum's collection through slide presentation and a dance performance!

Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Prior registration is needed. Click HERE to reserve your seat.
Free and open to all.


Parent- Toddler Book Club at the Museum!

In collaboration with Trilogy by The Eternal Library

DECEMBER 09, 2018       10.30 am - 11.30 am

Join us for our very first parent-toddler book club at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum!

On December 9, we delve into the world of The Coral Tree, written by Mamta Pandya and illustrated by Pankaj Gorana. We take a short walk around the Museum Plaza, meet some big trees, and try to understand what trees do every day. How do they grow, who visits them through the day, and what happens when a tree turns a year older?

Ahalya Naidu is the co-founder of a library and bookstore in Mumbai called Trilogy. She has worked as a journalist and manuscript editor, and has taught creative writing to children.

Age Group: 3.5 to 5 year olds, only one parent with every child

Registration: Limited seats, Prior registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your seat.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Free and open to all.