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, Mar 01, 2020

Folk Fusion
by Sochh Band
4 pm - 5 pm

Bengali Folk
by Basundhara Banerjee & Pratham Joshi
5 pm - 6 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.

Theatre Performance | 'Cast Off All Shame' By Ulka Mayur

In collaboration with Story Circus

Writer | Director | Performer - Ulka Mayur

'Cast Off All Shame' is a solo theatre performance that blends Bhakti poetry with stories, observation, and humour. The play features poems of Janabai, Soyarabai, Avvaiyyar, Akka Mahadevi, and Lal Ded.

Friday, 06 Mar, 2020      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

It begins with the spirit of a medieval Bhakti poet Janabai - portrayed by Ulka Mayur - taking over a radio show and playing an agony aunt to today’s women. It is in response to the agonising stories of these women that Janabai speaks about liberalizing the Bhakti movement, recounting the poetry by female mystic poets such as Karaikal Ammaiyar, Soyarabai, Avvaiyyar, Akka Mahadevi, and Lal Ded.

While the spirited Janabai (and Janabai as spirit!) advocates women's right to their own body and right of choice, she is not an "angry feminist" – she has seen it all and understands everyday issues faced by women with empathy.

Based on extensive research on the Bhakti movement and poetry, this piece unfolds identifiable stories and harbours hope for a culture wherein all genders are equal and liberated in a true sense.


About Ulka Mayur: Ulka is a versatile artist - a performer, writer, director, Kathak dancer and a storyteller. She has a doctorate in literature and researches folklores, curating lesser known folktales. She is the co-founder and artistic director of theatre company Story Circus.

Language: English & Hindi
Age Group: 16+
Charges: Free
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Limited seating on a first come first serve basis.

Museum Katta | Bahinabai and her legacy

A performance by Harshada Borkar and Manvita Joshi Inspired by Nalini Malani's ongoing exhibition, ‘The Witness’

Saturday, Mar 07, 2020      5:00 PM

'Mazi May Sarsoti', a performance in the style of a broadway musical, narrates the life story of Bahinabai Chaudhari - a woman born in Jalgaon in the late 19th century. Bahinabai could neither read nor write but her poems, based on her life experiences, are recognised today as a hallmark of Marathi literature. Through this play, Director Harshada Borkar and actor Manvita Joshi will bring forth Bahinabai’s thought process and poetry that they came across through their research.

Bahinabai's verses indicate how she took everything in her stride, whether it was working on the farm, living a life of hardships as a daily wage worker, and supporting her family, and translated those experiences into her poetry. Artist Nalini Malani references Bahinabai's poems in her in-situ charcoal drawing 'City of Desires: People come and go' while exploring the idea of labour and life in a metropolis like Mumbai.


The experiential programme aims to familiarise audiences with Bahinabai’s legacy as a person and a poet.

Language: Marathi
Open to all. Museum tickets applicable.
Limited seating. First, come first basis.