The NCPA (National centre for the performing arts) Mumbai, India- came into existence in the year 1969 with the grant of Rs 4 millions which were granted from Sir Dorabji Trust of Tata. Further it was supplemented via different corporate sectors donations. It has also been established as the public trust and focused on the objective oriented principle of serving the cause of the allied and performing arts. It has focused its attention on promoting and preserving the country’s rich and unique heritage of International and India dance, theatre, music, literature and films along with photography.
They also believe in presenting the innovative and distinguished works with respect to arts. It is considered as one of the largest and holistic performing art centre. It is further considered as the remarkable and wonderful landmark which is standing in part of Mumbai and has completed around 50 years.
Initial when it was set up it didn’t had any permanent location and was located at 89 Bhulabhai Desai Road which was the temporary location, which was just having the listening room, small auditorium and a practicing facilities. It was inaugurated by our then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 29th December 1969.
Currently it is one of the essential locations of Mumbai and is located at Nariman point. It is also considered as the home of Symphony Orchestra of India, which came into existence in the year 2006 by NCPA. Three main attraction or facilities which are provided by NCPA Mumbai are – Jamshed Bhabha Theatre (of 1109-seats), Tata theatre (1010 seats) and Experimental theatre (300 seats).
Some of the objects and purposes due to which NCPA was established are-
- It was established with the concept of promoting and preserving the traditional, classical and contemporary performances along with the visual arts.
- It was focusing on the handling of the equipments, libraries, museums archives, workshops, and other facilities which were used for the fulfilling of the above objectives.
- For imparting knowledge with respect to the culture and scientific research in the respective fields. Also wanted to interact with different countries and get the information with respect to their culture and arts.
Membership for NCPA are open for all fields of students, art lovers and the professionals who wish to dwell deep into the culture and art work. It does present around 40 to 50 events in different spheres and spaces every month. The members do have the facility of accessing the equipments through library at any point of time.
Across the year there are numerable performances held which includes traditional, classical and contemporary which covers the theatre, music and dances. Some of the notable and renowned people who performed at NCPA Mumbai are- Vilayat Khan, Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi and many more. It has also attracted some international performers and some of them to name them are - Barber of Seville opera, British council commissioned theatre production, Yehudi Menuhin etc.
Some of the Key people who are associated with NCPA Mumbai are-
- KN Suntook( NCPA Chairman and SOI founder)
- Deepak Bajaj(Council Member, Director of sales Marketing and Admin)
- Marat Bisengaliev( SOI Music Director)
- Zane Dalal (Conductor-in-residence, SOI) and the list goes on.
NCPA Mumbai, also have some advisory committee who assist in programming heads for developing dynamic and innovative programs with respect to each genre. The committee members are eminent experts from various fields who are committed to providing experts of art from across the globe. There are different categories with respects to arts and culture which includes- International music, Theatre, for kids, films and Indian Music. For showcasing their presence they have also come forward and got attached to the social networking sites like Face Book, Twitter and many other ways.
There are different departments with respect to box office,venue bookings,Brand and marketing, Memberships, outreach, public relations etc. All the essential contact information’s are available on their site and people could reach out to them via mails and other means like by calling them on the provided numbers.
NCPA (National Centre for the performing Arts)
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Phone No: 022-66223737
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