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.

Live Music

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!

Sunday, Feb 02, 2020

Pop Fusion
by Pratham Joshi & Harshal Vaze
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Folk & Classical
by Sonu Dhariwal & Ritesh Upadhyay
05:00PM - 06:PM

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Pop Fusion
by Shubhashish Upadhyay & Bhavik Mehta
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bengali Folk
Basundhara & Pranit Gaikwad
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


About NSPA - Natural Streets for Performing Arts Foundation: NSPA is a non-profit initiative to revive a culture of public performances and support the livelihoods of artists. NSPA encourages various genres of music other than Bollywood, such as classical, regional and fusion. Marathi Sangam Sangeet, Uttaranchali folk, Sufi, Instrumental, Indie Pop and contemporary are some of the featured genres.

Free and open for all!
Museum entry ticket applicable.
Please note that as per MCGM rules, entry of vehicles in the parking area is not permitted after 5 pm.

Mumbai Local with Junoon

Experimenting With The Moving Image: An Artist’s Journey With Nalini Malani

Sunday, 09 FEB, 2020

Walkthrough: 4 PM - 5:00 PM

Junoon Session: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Exhibition Walk-through of "The Witness" with Nalini Malani at 4 pm - followed by Mumbai Local session at 5 pm.

Join us for a walkthrough of Nalini Malani’s show “The Witness”. This exhibition, a selection of works from the last 50 years, covers a range of Nalini’s work across multiple media – “painting installations, video plays, ephemeral wall drawings/erasure performances, animation chambers” It gives us a direct peek into why Nalini Malani is hailed as a pioneer of experimental art in India.

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!

During the walkthrough, Nalini will lead us through her work displayed at the BDL Museum, sharing anecdotes of inspiration and creation that led to the works we will be seeing. As the walkthrough can only accommodate a limited number of people, we ask that you RSVP to mumbailocal@junoontheatre.org at the earliest – our only request is you make sure to honour your RSVP so that you don’t take away this opportunity from someone else.

Nalini Malani’s Mumbai Local session will be focused on her video/animation art. She asserts that people in India understand the moving image, montage and video very well. Her tryst with video, film and animation is both a playful extension of her painting and drawing, as well as a way for an artist like her to enter public life. (Her recent video/animation exhibition Can You Hear Me? at the Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai recorded over 4,000 footfalls in 2½ months). In her session on video/animation art, Nalini will share with us her journey with the moving image, inspired by architects, theatre, myths, socio-political contexts and changing technologies.


Do join us on Sunday 9th February for these two wonderful experiences with Nalini Malani. It’s going to be an awesome dive with a mind that thinks non-stop with images, and delights in venturing into new arenas.

'The Witness' has been curated by the Museum's Honorary Director and Managing Trustee, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Johan Pijnappel. Tasneem Mehta will introduce the exhibition to the audiences.

Session Curated by Sanjna Kapoor

The session is free and open to all. Museum entry ticket is applicable.
Venue: Education Centre, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Register HERE

Museum Katta | Book launch and a dramatic reading of Ratnakar Matkari's theatre play

In collaboration with Popular Prakashan Pvt. Ltd

Thursday, 13 FEB, 2020

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'!

Save the date and do join us for the launch and reading of 'Gandhi: Antim Parva'! Select books published by Popular Publications will be available for the sale on the day of the programme.

About Popular Publications
Popular Publications is an 89-year-old publishing house that pioneered high-quality publishing in India. Popular has published works by renowned authors including sociologist G S Ghurye, historians D D Kosambi and Romila Thapar, and the political thinker Jayaprakash Narayan.


Popular is also the leading publisher for Marathi publications, many of which are regarded as the "Most important Marathi literature of the past fifty years". Popular has carved a unique position for itself by publishing major poets like Dilip Chitre, N.D.Mahanor, Vasat Bapat, Mangesh Padgaonkar; playwrights like Vijay Tendulkar, Vasant Kanetkar; novelists like Kiran Nagarkar, Bhalchandra Nemade among numerous other literary stalwarts.

This performance will be in Marathi.

Free and open to all.

Limited seating on first come, first serve basis.

Register HERE