Thursday, 09 May, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A conversation between Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Giles Tillotson

Join us for a conversation between Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Director of the BDL Museum, and Giles Tillotson, Sr. VP for Exhibitions at DAG, renowned scholar and curator of the ongoing exhibition at ‘People of Bengal’, to explore the artworks by Flemish artist F. Baltazard Solvyns (1760-1824).

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with DAG.

Special Project Space, Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Free and Open to All
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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 creatively engaging with the Museum’s collection of artworks and exhibitions, encouraging critical engagement with Mumbai’s history, and artistic and cultural developments.

Going forward, the Museum will continue to offer online as well as select on-site programmes.

10th & 21st June 2024 | 11 am - 12 pm

Online Session | The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

To mark World Oceans Day, join us for a session and learn about the vital role that oceans play in human lives. Oceans are considered the lungs of the Earth, a major source of food and medicine, and a crucial part of the biosphere. Plastic waste, climate change, water pollutants, and other factors are causing massive harm to the oceans and their habitats. The session will also explore small steps we can all take to protect and preserve the sea and all that it sustains.

Age: Grade 4 - 7

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Saturday, 15th June 2024 | 4 - 5 pm

Storytelling Session - All Ahoy!

In collaboration with Kathanika

Be an explorer for the day! Draw up maps, chart sea routes, and make your own paper boats to travel! Join us as we explore the different boats and river crafts used in 18th-century India through the drawings of an artist named Baltazard Solvyns. From small ferries to grand yachts, we will learn about them all through stories of thrilling sea voyages with storyteller Sherline Pimenta!

Charges: Rs 100
Age: 5 - 12 years old

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Sunday, 16th June 2024 | 4 - 5 pm

Storytelling Session -Tales of Palanquin!

In collaboration with Kathanika

Before cars and private jets, kings, queens and members of the royal family or nobility travelled in covered carriages known as palanquins! Explore the different kinds of palanquins used in India in the 18th century as documented by an artist named Baltazard Solvyns and join storyteller Sherline on an exciting journey as she shares thrilling stories about palanquins and 'Hircarahs' ie message bearers who ran ahead of the palanquins. Then, get inspired to create your own palanquin!

Charges: Rs 100
Age: 5 - 12 years old

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Sat, June 22, 2024 | 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Teaching Through Art

A workshop for educators on art-integrated learning through the ongoing exhibition ‘People of Bengal: Coloured Etchings by Baltazard Solvyns’ using artworks from the DAG’s collection as well as objects from the BDL Museum’s collection. Participate to critically explore the social and cultural milieu of colonial India in classrooms.

Presented in collaboration with DAG.

Venue: Education Centre, BDL Museum Plaza
Charges: Open and free to all with prior registration.
Language: English
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Limited seats available. Preference will be given to school teachers and educators who teach grade 7 and above.

Sat, 22 June, 2024 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Snap and Share!

Workshop with Alisha Sadikot

Join us for an interpretive tour of the ongoing exhibition, where we closely examine Solvyns seemingly intimate portrayal of the people. Participants are then invited to play with and choose from a range of props - or bring and use their own - to craft and share self-portraits, while learning about the power of representation and narratives.

Age Group: 15+ (open to adults)
Charges: Rs 100 per head

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Sat, 29 June, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mapping People

Workshop with Nisha Gupta Nair

Map the lanes of Byculla through the stories of the people who live here. Join urban researcher and writer Nisha Nair Gupta for an immersive workshop on narrative mapping, uncovering intricacies of studying communities through their stories. Participants will gain insights into ethnographic research methodologies and ethical considerations. By encouraging dialogue with people and documenting their stories, the workshop will also urge participants to critically reflect on one’s own frameworks and biases.

Age group: 16+ Open to adults
Charges: Rs 100 per head

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Sat, 29 June, 2024 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sketch Walk

Workshop with Zainab Tambawalla

Join illustrator Zainab Tambawala on a sketch walk as we document the changing streets, people, surroundings, and stories in a simple and uninhibited manner. The workshop will begin with a walkthrough of our ongoing exhibition where we examine the Flemish artist Solvyns's portraits of the city of Bengal and its people. Through a step-by-step breakdown of the process, the workshop will focus on observing and sketching people and their surroundings.

Age Group: 16+ Open to adults
Charges: Rs 100 per head.

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Fri, 28 June, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Museum Katta: Ek Gandharva Katha
A Divine Tale of Kumar Gandharva

With Geetanjali Kulkarni

Join us for a dramatic reading of Kumarswar: Ek Gandharva Katha, a recent book about Kumar Gandharva, the prodigious singer who began his journey in classical music at the age of seven and continued to enchant audiences for sixty years. Authored by Madhuri Purandare in Marathi and published by Jyotsna Prakashan, the book is intended for young adults, artists, and anyone interested in exploring the legacy of Kumar Gandharva.

Performed and narrated by actor Geetanjali Kulkarni.

Language: Marathi
Venue: Education Centre, BDL Museum Plaza
Free and open to all

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Special thanks to Jyotsna Prakashan

Children’s Book Corner

The Children’s Book Corner is an initiative launched by the Museum in 2024. It is located in the Museum Cafe situated in quiet, green space of the Museum Plaza, allowing children to indulge and develop reading habits which has proven health benefits in addition to being educational and fun! The collection of books include publications in English, Hindi and Marathi across genres such as history, art, natural environment, and books on Mumbai.

Monthly book reading and story telling sessions are also organised with authors and educators as part of this initiative.

Free and open to all through the week except Wednesday and select public holidays.
The books cannot be taken out of the premises.
Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Online Activities

Online Talks

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to revisit our past talks by eminent scholars.
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Online Treasure Hunt

Solve riddles inspired by the Museum's permanent collection and win prizes!
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Online Exhibitions

Join us as we explore our past exhibitions and discuss their continuing relevance.
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Share your artworks inspired by the Museum objects!
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Colouring Sheets

Established in 1857, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad is the oldest Museum in Mumbai. It is a treasure house of decorative & industrial art objects. The richly designed interiors of the Museum include the encaustic Minton tiles, imported for the Museum in the late 19th century. These patterns, found on the Grand Staircase & the Mumbai Gallery, are a treat for our visitors and are an important part of the city's history.
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Playlists on Spotify

BDL Museum is now on Spotify!


Tune into our curated playlist inspired by the BDL Museum's collection of Ragamala miniature paintings! The Ragamalas in the Museum’s collection are from the Jaipur school of miniatures. Ragamala, meaning 'garland of ragas', is a set of miniature paintings that depict personified ragas of Indian classical music. A raga is a melodic framework in Indian classical music with symbolic associations such as seasons, time, and mood. It is meant to evoke certain emotions among the listeners. Ragas also provide room for improvisation to musicians and singers.

The playlist features some of the most celebrated artists in Indian classical music. It begins with spirited morning ragas, progressing into soulful evening ragas.

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