In the city of Mumbai, where cultural activities often reach a new dimension and each year comes with innovative on and off stage possibilities, the year 2020 will be no different. But fret not; we have compiled a list of activities that will have your calendars perennially buzzing. Here are the ones you cannot afford to miss.
Kala Ghoda Art Festival
The beginning of the February excites art enthusiasts not just in Mumbai, but across the nation. The city's Kala Ghoda area comes alive with the annual Kala Ghoda Art Festival, the biggest free-entry art and culture fest in the world. This four-day extravaganza comprises engaging and interesting programs that cover art, theatre, dance, literature, and even food.
On February 9 -12, At Kala Ghoda
Chandrayaan: Celebrating India's Journey to the Moon
India has always had a fascination for space journeys, and a unique concert in the city will on pay musical tribute to the scientists who worked on our recent mission to the moon. Chandrayaan’s journey, from launch to landing, is captured in this sound and light extravaganza.
The soulful evening comprises performances from artists like renowned music composer, Shantanu Moitra, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Rakesh Chaurasiya, Jayanthi Kumaresh, and Ambi Subramaniam. “We want to show our work with experts of all the genres. I try to bring the cultural activities up to the international standards,” says Suntook Khushroo, the NCPA Chairman and SOI co-founder.
On January 18, At NCPA
A Gateway to Mumbai
Collaborating with institutes across Mumbai to present workshops, dance performances, and lectures, this 30-day festival of dance will begin with celebrated dancers Lata Surendra and Shubhada Varadkar’s colourful presentation of different folk dances like Tharpa, Kaikottikalli, Laragam, Ghoomar, Rasgarpa, Sapera, Koli and many more. The event promises to introduce patrons to the heritage and culture of Mumbai through dance, amalgamating folk dance forms with classical ones.
“Our aim is to bring the art of higher form to the people of Mumbai. You name it and we curate it and to some extent, we have succeeded,” says Khushroo.
On January 23, At NCPA
Spoken Fest, Mumbai 2020
Celebrate a fresh start amidst Mumbai’s crisp January air, as artists, comedians and storytellers like Amol Parashar, Jasmine Khurana, and Rupesh Tillu will weave worlds around you with their words. Poets like Megha Rao, Rudy Francisco and Shane are also expected to grace the event.
Additionally, you can catch That’s How We Feel, an eye-opening theatre piece about the male gaze by seven girls hailing from Mumbai’s red-light district. The story revolves around the teenage girls living in the area, and how they feel when people stare at them. “We are using clowning techniques to deal with this serious topic. The girls have been getting trained on clowning for last five years and they are well trained,” says Rupesh Tillu, the director of the performance.
On January 11 -12, At JioWorld Garden