By Nalini Malani
Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Johan Pijnappel
Presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in association with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai Supported by Volte Art Projects
In this exhibition, Nalini Malani explores concepts and concerns that have preoccupied her for decades - notions of oppression and dominance, of freedom and justice. Her art pushes the boundaries of the visual and engages in an optical theatre that is a commentary not only on the present but also on who we are, where we come from and where we are going. As the pioneer of experimental art in India, she creates immersive installations, ephemeral wall drawings, erasure performances, animation chambers and her signature video/shadow plays. Her work questions the profound certainties of life, of society, of experience-persisting 'evidence', which is encountered and felt. In her practice, Malani, as an engaged witness, exerts an artistic pressure on inherited iconographies and cherished cultural constructs.
with the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)
Listen to Covers of International Music, Percussion Music, Instrumental Violin and Indie Music at the Museum Plaza!
In association with Akshara Foundation
The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Akshara Foundation invite NGOs to a unique experience of storytelling for children, conducted by storytellers and authors. Organised by Story Express.
As part of this festival, children can enjoy -
- A Museum Story Walk
- Animal Stories in the Zoo
- Film Screenings
Inspired by the ongoing exhibition 'The Witness' by Nalini Malani
Learn to create your own poems or prose by blacking out words using current newspapers and magazines inspired from the artworks by Nalini Malani.
The workshop will begin with a walkthrough of the ongoing exhibition 'The Witness'. Nalini Malani's artworks reflect her preoccupations with the notions of oppression, dominance, justice, and feminism. The walkthrough will highlight how Nalini Malani has incorporated poems and prose by well-known writers into her work.
Experimenting With The Moving Image: An Artist’s Journey With Nalini Malani
We are delighted to be able to invite Nalini Malani to Mumbai Local while her exhibition 'The Witness' is on view at the BDL Museum. This means we are in for a double treat with her – an exhibition walkthrough, and a focused session on her journey with video/animation art!
In collaboration with STEAM Academy
Have you ever seen a cannon closely and wondered about how it worked? Explore the cannons displayed at the museum and learn what they can tell about ancient technology!
The program will be delivered by Namrata Mankad and Huzaifa Imtiyaz and is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the STEAM Academy.
In collaboration with Popular Prakashan Pvt. Ltd
Gandhi: Antim Parva
Produced by Pratibha Matkari
Presented by Yogesh Utekar, Apurva Paranjpe, Rohit Malve, Abhay Bhosle, Aaditya Kadam, Dipti Dandekar, Abhishek Salvi, Yogesh Khandekar and Ratnakar Matkari
Special guest: Ravindra Rukmini Pandharinath
Eminent playwright Ratnakar Matkari has brought a new theatre production to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Matkari is known for his plays, mysterious stories, novels and intellectually stimulating write-ups in Marathi. Matkari himself has initiated the special readings of this play with a group of eight artists. The play will narrate the eventful moments of Mahatma Gandhi's last few days at Birla House, Delhi.
Coinciding with the play, Popular Publication will be launching a book 'Gandhi: Antim Parva'!
Haibun poetry format combines prose and haiku - a popular short-form Japanese poetry in three sentences. Inspired by the artworks by Nalini Malani and the underlying themes, participants will then be guided how to write a haibun and encouraged to write their own. The workshop will be conducted by Rochelle Potkar.
By Orson Welles
Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar
Orson Welles' film noir classic 'The Lady From Shanghai' features him in the role of Michael O’Hara, an Irish merchant seaman induced to sign on as part of the crew of a luxury yacht belonging to wealthy lawyer Bannister (Everett Sloane), having fallen in love with his young wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) – a beautiful woman with a shady past in the far east whom Bannister evidently blackmailed into marrying him. Soon O'Hara is mixed up in a murderous plot cooked up by Bannister's partner Grisby (Glenn Anders). Welles creates a dreamlike fluency and strangeness, along with a salty tang of black comedy and an electric current of desire and doom between O'Hara and Elsa. The film culminates in a legendary shootout amid a fun-house hall of mirrors.
The curators of the programmes will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
by Prof. Ananya Kabir
Portuguese Goa was at the centre of a web of music and dance that stretched across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, connecting the Goans with expressive culture enjoyed by their counterparts in Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Sri Lanka, the Malaccas, and Portugal. Into this transoceanic inheritance also flowed songs, dances, and stories deriving from Goa’s position in the Deccan peninsula and on the Konkan coastline.
Rápsodia Ibero-Indiana is a collection of ‘Hispanic, Portuguese, and Goan songs and dances’, composed by Carlos Eugenio Ferreira of Corjuem, Goa. It was locally published as a booklet of musical scores in 1929. The personal archives of the Ferreira family provide a glimpse into Portuguese Goa’s centuries-old music and dance history that encompasses European sacred and secular genres of motets, contradanças, polkas, and waltzes, as much as the local genres of mandos, dulpods, and dekhnis. The talk will discuss the local identities that emerged through this unique cross-cultural transfusion and the fate of an inherited mixed culture in a post-colonial framework.
Prof. Ananya Jahanara Kabir is a Professor of English Literature at King’s College London. She researches the intersection of the written text with other forms of cultural expression.
In collaboration with Canada
The Museum is delighted to present 'Children’s Film Festival' featuring exciting Canadian animated stories about children and their freedom, rights and values. Join us for these fun and educational monthly film screenings!
In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay
The Palettes series of documentaries explores great paintings throughout the history of art. From the canvas to the type of brush used by the artist, from the historical or individual context of the painting to the characters displayed in its features, each episode uses the finest technology to uncover the endless secrets a work can hide.
by Himanshu Kadam
Join us for a guided walkthrough of our ongoing exhibition 'The Witness' showcasing works by Nalini Malani, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Johan Pijnappel. The walkthrough will be in Marathi, led by Himanshu Kadam, a curator at the BDL Museum. Malani is a pioneer of experimental art in India. Her artworks explore concepts and concerns that have preoccupied her for decades - notions of oppression and dominance, of freedom and justice. The exhibition showcases a mix of video art, stop-motion animation, reverse paintings and charcoal drawings on walls.
Himanshu Kadam manages the Museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions. He has co-curated several historical and contemporary art exhibitions at the Museum along with Museum Director Tasneem Zakaria Mehta.