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: Demystifying Hindustani Classical Music

JUNE 03, 2017      11:00 am - 01:00 pm

A unique, foundation workshop devised by Tushar Bhatia (Composer, Sitar Player, Educator) to acquaint participants with the basic structures and concepts in Hindustani Classical Music. Intricate concepts like Swar, Raag and Taal will be simplified. Live singing and simple explanations will be used to illustrate the structure, aesthetics, richness and complexity of the subject matter.

This workshop is conducted in collaboration with

Swardhara Events

Time: 11 am to 1 pm Charges: Rs 200 per head
Age Group: 14+

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Enquiries: education@bdlmuseum.org

About Tushar Bhatia (Workshop Conductor):

Tushar Bhatia (Founder, Swardhara Events) is a sitar player, music composer, writer, producer and presenter, who works across the fields of stage, film and television. With a wealth of classical training that spans over thirty years, Tushar has a keen interest in all musical forms, including ghazals, folk, as well as Western classical music. He has conducted workshops at several prestigious institutions across India, Europe and USA. Along with successfully managing commercial recordings, he has conceptualized, researched and designed several teaching modules engaging children, young adults and professionals.

About Meera Chikhalikar (Workshop Conductor): Meera Chikhalikar is an accomplished singer and educator. Her teaching and performing expertise lies in different styles of vocal Hindustani Classical Music. Meera has been a teacher/educator for Visharad / Shastriya Sangeet at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for over 25 years and was also declared the winner of the All India Radio Competition (1979).

About Swardhara Events:

Swardhara was borne from a desire to make India’s rich heritage of art, music and culture accessible to a modern audience. From concerts in music and dance, to lecture-demonstration, workshops and thematic corporate events, Swardhara’s work traverses a range of genres and seeks to bring the best in traditional art to the contemporary platform.


Workshop: Gond Painting

JUNE 10, 2017      11:00 am - 02:00 pm

Gond is a decorative art form, practiced by the Gondi people of Madhya Pradesh.

The distinct style of painting and textures to create a colour illusion has inspired many interpretations, from motifs on fabric and textile design to the decoration of interior spaces.

This workshop gives you an opportunity to learn a new interpretation of the Gond paintings and a different way of rendering the traditional art form on a canvas bag.

Age group 10+

Charges: Rs 300, inclusive of Museum entry fee and materials.

Online tickets will be active on Book my show in a few days.

About Iteeha:

Iteeha is a textile consultancy group that works with traditional crafts in India. They collaborate with more than 200 artisans, many of whom are national award winners, to spread awareness and revive different forms of folk art. They offer design consultancies as well as workshops for textile manufacturing companies as well as educational/arts institutions.


Workshop: Embroid Nature!

JUNE 17, 2017      10:30 am - 01:00 pm

Join us on a guided tour of intricately embroidered art works at the Museum and learn how to embroider animal and plant motifs on paper! In collaboration with Iteeha.

Inspired by our special ongoing exhibition 'Leaving the Terrestrial: Its Own Kind of Archive' by Sumakshi Singh. The exhibition is on view at the Museum till 18 June 2017.

Age Group: 7 - 15 year olds

Charges: Rs 100 per head

Register: education@bdlmuseum.org

Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East

About Iteeha:

Iteeha is a textile consultancy group that works with traditional crafts in India. They collaborate with more than 200 artisans, many of whom are national award winners, to spread awareness and revive different forms of folk art. They offer design consultancies as well as workshops for textile manufacturing companies as well as educational/arts institutions.


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

Register: education@bdlmuseum.org

In collaboration with Iteeha


Workshop: Narratives Through the Lens

JUNE 25, 2017      10:00 am - 02:00 pm

Gond is a decorative art form, practiced by the Gondi people of Madhya Pradesh.

In a world where we cannot function without relentlessly capturing and sharing, how does one cover what matters? How does one hope to capture the essence of the 'everyday'? Photojournalism is an effort to answer these questions: a practice involving the collection, editing and presenting of material in the form of images to tell a story. Images have the power to highlight happenings that aren’t gaining sufficient awareness and to amplify a diversity of perspectives. Visual storytelling, in the swamp of media today, can expose unseen or ignored realities: natural products of insightful observation!

"Narratives Through the Lens" looks at a whole new application of photography as a means to craft sequential tales, and will introduce the eager shutterbug to the world of visual storytelling. The focus will lie on honing documentation skills, to effectively capture a story through a photo-essay shot during the day of the workshop! Participants will get a chance to work on a small photo story and will be guided by the artist.

In collaboration with Open Bracket

Charges: Rs 300 per head inclusive of Museum entry ticket

Age Group: 18+

Participants are requested to use their own smart phones or cameras for this workshop.

About the artist:

The workshop will be conducted by Neha Mungekar. Neha is a published documentary photographer, where she dwells much deeper into environmental photo-journalism. She has travelled over 250 cities and 16 countries and has published her photo-essays in various newspapers and magazines including the coveted The Lonely Planet. She currently covers stories for The Dialogue and also publishes on her page N- Route. Neha is an urban designer – an architect by profession and has been with WRI India over 5 years to design sustainable cities.

About Open Bracket:

Open bracket is an experimental platform for all things creative! They 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 -http://openbracket.in/