Mumbai

Nowadays, Mumbai's arts scene has gone as online as any other major city's, so your first stop should probably be the Internet. For movies, go to www.bookmyshow.com to book tickets at most Mumbai theaters. For some of the best cultural goings-on-about-town, check out the websites www.mumbaiboss.com and www.bpbweekend.com. If you're old-school, you can check out the fortnightly culture calendar "Programme of Dance, Music and Drama," available free at the Government of India Tourist Office. The daily Times of India usually lists each day's films, concerts, and other events; on Friday the paper publishes a guide to city events called What's Hot that can be purchased at any newsstand. The afternoon paper Midday publishes highlights of the coming week's events in its pullout What To Do? Where To Go?, also available online (www.mid-day.com). Program information and details usually appear on the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation's (MTDC) city-guide programs, shown regularly on hotel in-house TV stations.

Performance tickets in Mumbai are usually quite inexpensive (from free to Rs. 500) and can be purchased from box offices or from the ticket counter at Rhythm House (across the street from the Jehangir Art Gallery), an iconic Mumbai music store so legendary that locals write wistful essays about it. They still sell CDs and DVDs in the download era, and for now, people still buy them. The helpful staff is also a valuable source of info on what's happening around town.

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  • 1. Ellora Dance Festival

    Festivals

    This annual festival, held on one full moon night in December, draws top classical Indian dancers and musicians from around the country to perform...

    This annual festival, held on one full moon night in December, draws top classical Indian dancers and musicians from around the country to perform outdoors against the magical backdrop of the Ellora Caves. Ask at the Tourist office or the MTDC.

    , Maharashtra, India
  • 2. Eros Cinema

    Churchgate

    First opened in 1938, and built with handsome red sandstone, Eros is among the last few of Mumbai's beautiful art deco cinemas, creating an...

    First opened in 1938, and built with handsome red sandstone, Eros is among the last few of Mumbai's beautiful art deco cinemas, creating an opportunity to catch a Bollywood flick, visit a famous site, and travel back in time to a different era of India's history—in the same stop.

    Cambata Building, (North Wing), 42 Maharishi Karve Rd., opposite Churchgate Station, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400020, India
    22-2282–6828
  • 3. IMAX Adlabs

    Wadala | Film

    Mumbai's only IMAX theater shows a mixture of popular and documentary films in its main dome theater, but it's in a rather out-of-the-way part...

    Mumbai's only IMAX theater shows a mixture of popular and documentary films in its main dome theater, but it's in a rather out-of-the-way part of Mumbai, and it's advisable, especially for the dome, to purchase tickets in advance from bookmyshow.com.

    Anik Wadala Link Rd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400031, India
    22-3989–4040
  • 4. Inox

    Nariman Point | Film

    A good place to catch a Bollywood film, or the latest English one, is the upscale Inox. ...

    A good place to catch a Bollywood film, or the latest English one, is the upscale Inox.

    CR2 shopping mall, opposite Bajaj Bhavan, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400021, India
    22-6659–5959
  • 5. National Centre for the Performing Arts

    Nariman Point | Arts Centers

    The Godrej Dance Academy Theater, a main venue for classical Indian dance performances as well as workshops and master classes, is in this...

    The Godrej Dance Academy Theater, a main venue for classical Indian dance performances as well as workshops and master classes, is in this huge complex, along with the Drama Opera Arts Complex, a 1,000-seat auditorium that is Mumbai's ballet and opera theater. There are also several theaters, including the Tata Theatre, a grand 1,000-seat auditorium that regularly hosts plays, often in English, and classical concerts by major Indian and international musicians. It also boasts a spacious and well-regarded Mediterranean restaurant, Amadeus, that occasionally holds wedding functions. Note that some NCPA performances are open to members only; a year's membership is Rs. 2,500.

    Sir Dorab Tata Rd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400021, India
    22-2282–4567
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  • 6. Nehru Centre Auditorium

    Central Mumbai | Music

    Mumbai's second major venue regularly hosts theater, music, and dance performances. Interesting art films, some in English, are also screened here. ...

    Mumbai's second major venue regularly hosts theater, music, and dance performances. Interesting art films, some in English, are also screened here.

    Dr. Annie Besant Rd., Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400018, India
    22-2496–4676
  • 7. Prithvi Theatre

    Theater

    Run by the famous Kapoor acting family (current Bollywood stars Kareena and Ranbir Kapoor are two of them), the theater stages plays each week...

    Run by the famous Kapoor acting family (current Bollywood stars Kareena and Ranbir Kapoor are two of them), the theater stages plays each week, many in English, with reasonably priced tickets. They often host special programs for children, too. It's a 45-minute drive north from downtown Mumbai, or 20 minutes from the airport in nontraffic hours. An evening at Prithvi, which has an arty café and a carefully curated bookstore, can make for one of the more memorable cultural experiences in the city.

    Janaki Kutir, Church Rd., Juhu, Maharashtra, 400049, India
    22-2614–9546
  • 8. Regal Cinema

    Colaba | Film

    One of the last in a dying breed of South Bombay's gorgoeus art deco theaters, Regal is a tourist treasure in its own right, and well worth...

    One of the last in a dying breed of South Bombay's gorgoeus art deco theaters, Regal is a tourist treasure in its own right, and well worth the price of admission, regardless of the quality of the film itself. Here, flowing curtains still draw open at the start of a film and intermissions bubble over with gossip about the Hollywood and Bollywood stars on screen, harking back to a charming, almost forgotten time in India's pop culture landscape.

    Shaheed Bhagat Singh Rd., opposite Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400005, India
    22-2202–1017
  • 9. Sterling Cinema

    Fort | Film

    Current English-language (and Bollywood) films are shown here. ...

    Current English-language (and Bollywood) films are shown here.

    Tata Palace, Murzban Rd., off D.Naoroji Rd., near Victoria Terminus, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400005, India
    22-2207–5187
  • 10. The Comedy Store

    Lower Parel | Theater

    The popularity of stand-up comedy has been on the rise in Bombay ever since India received its own version of Comedy Central on cable back in...

    The popularity of stand-up comedy has been on the rise in Bombay ever since India received its own version of Comedy Central on cable back in 2011. Located in a luxury mall, this theater is a great place to catch local comics tuning up their act, and also plays host to a number of excellent plays throughout the year.

    Palladium Mall, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, 4th fl., Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400013, India
    22-3989–5050

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