Free Public Tours

Explore the Museum with the
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.


The Museum’s extensive outreach includes theatre, performance, public lectures and film as well as programmes in collaboration with other organizations.

What’s On

Mumbai Local with Junoon

At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza

Get involved in this interactive session where artists and scientists share their stories with the public.

Sunday, JULY 11, 2017

Seeking Dance: A 100 year story
5:00 pm

What makes four young Gujarati women undertake a 5-day train journey from Bombay to Manipur, in 1956, with no one to accompany them but their guru? What fervour draws them on this journey repeatedly, throughout their lives?

In the heady years around India's independence, one of the ways of bringing the nation closer together was seeking to know and share the culture of the different parts of the country. The history of the endeavours around the dances we now know as classical dance is remarkable in this context. Young women, from backgrounds that usually did not allow women to perform publicly, forayed into areas across the country, simply to seek, learn, document and share dance across the country. The Jhaveri sisters played a key role in this fascinating history, taking Manipuri dance beyond its ritual context onto stages across India.

We are so thrilled to invite Darshana Jhaveri - Manipuri dancer and guru - to Mumbai Local once again. Her life for more than 50 years has been driven by her passion to "preserve, perpetuate and popularise" Manipuri dance across the country. In the process, she has documented the history of the dance, established the scientific tenets underlying the oral tradition, and given all of us the opportunity to access the wonderful, gentle, lyrical form that is Manipuri dance.

In this Mumbai Local, Darshana-ji will open our eyes to the fascinating 100-year history of Manipuri dance. Look forward to being amazed by the story, by photographs and videos from her personal archives, but most of all by the childlike delight she still exudes as she performs, talks and gives you the gift of this dance she loves.

Click the link and save your seat. Venue: Education Centre
Entry free with Museum ticket


About the Speaker

Darshana Jhaveri has been a Manipuri dancer for 50 years, specializing in both the Tandav and the Lasya elements of the traditional dance form. Her performances in India and abroad began back in 1958. And she was presented with the President's Padmashri Award in 2000.

Dharshana collaborated with Guru Bipin Singh for research work in 1960. Since then, both of them have studied the Manipuri dance tradition, recorded oral traditions of Manipur, formulated teaching courses, written articles for various publications and given innumerable interviews and demonstrations at various seminars and conferences. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in ancient Indian culture, Darshana Jhaveri has been teaching for 35 years and has been a Research Scholar for 40. She is one of the founders and now the director of Manipuri Nartanalaya at Mumbai, Kolkata and Manipur. She is actively associated with teaching, creative production, performances, research, publications, public relations, fund raising and organization at Manipuri Nrityakendra, Mumbai, of which she is also the Executive President.

In addition, Darshana has written and been the co-author for various books on Manipuri dance.

About Junoon

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is glad to partner with Junoon, co-founded by Sanjana Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar, to present Mumbai Local - a community arts initiative. Mumbai Local dream is to build generous and inclusive communities of people across Mumbai by embedding the arts into our collective neighbourhood experience.

Live Music

With the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)

Visitors can be a part of this exciting outdoor experience. NSPA performances are held at the Museum Plaza through the year on the third Sunday of every month.

Sunday, JULY 02, 2017

Indie Pop
Boys from South Park
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Uttarbhartiya Folk
Achchhai Pandey & Ajit Kumar
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, JULY 16, 2017

Uttarakhandi Folk
Mountone Saaz 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie Pop
Hakuna Matata
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) is a non-profit initiative to revive a culture of public performances and support the livelihoods of artists. Launched in October 2012, NSPA hosts musical performances for a total of 37 hours every week across 6 major railway stations on the Western and Central Rail Networks, and the Horniman Circle Gardens at Fort, Mumbai.

NSPA seeks to reclaim public spaces for the arts encouraging greater interaction between artists and the community, creating vibrant spaces of cultural interaction and energising the very city and its people with greater art consciousness. They work towards securing the livelihoods of independent artists across diverse art forms, thus, enabling them to follow their passion and take their art to new and larger audiences.

Museum Katta / Theatre

Bringing back glory of Marathi Theatre

Join us for a session with Sunil Barve where he speaks about his project ‘Herbarium’ that aims at reviving popular yesteryear Marathi plays

Thursday, JULY 16, 2017

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

Charge: Only Museum entry ticket applicable, the session is free of cost.

Open to all. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.