Mumbai Performing Arts

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 to book tickets at most Mumbai theaters. For some of the best cultural goings-on-about-town, check out the websites and

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 ( 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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Ellora Dance Festival

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

Eros Cinema

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

IMAX Adlabs

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...


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

National Centre for the Performing Arts

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

Nehru Centre Auditorium

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

Prithvi Theatre

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

Regal Cinema

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...

Sterling Cinema

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

The Comedy Store

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...


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