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The NCPA goes live again

Mumbai's cultural mainstay, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, resumes live programming with a full February calendar

The reopening concert is by the Symphony Orchestra of India's chamber orchestra

One of the mainstays of Mumbai’s cultural scene, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), is back with live performances through February. The reopening concert is by the Symphony Orchestra of India Chamber Orchestra, which will play classics on 3 February, and Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and works by Bach, Britten and others on 21 February. For Indian classical fans, there’s a performance featuring the pakhawaj and dhrupad compositions on 12 February, part of the CITI-NCPA Promising Artistes Series.


There are several plays, one of which, Mohan’s Masala (7 February), acquired a crowd-puller during lockdown: Pratik Gandhi, who starred as Harshad Mehta in the series Scam 1992. There’s a rock ‘n’ roll and jazz night (The Golden Years, 13 February), a dance performance (Shiva, 20 February), and Nikhil Katara’s “Readings In The Shed” (14 February).

The performances will have 50% occupancy. In a statement, Khushroo N. Suntook, NCPA chairman, said: "NCPA programmes have always encouraged performances by the finest of international and local talents. This time our focus is solely on creating quality performances featuring local artistes and resident musicians of the SOI. We are reopening with SOI Chamber Orchestra performing some beautiful old classics followed by an array of events lined up for the whole month.”

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai's safety protocols would be followed, he added. “We have made sure that all venues, green rooms and washrooms are sanitised and have kept temperature and oxygen-level checks upon entry for the safety of our audience”.

Visit www.ncpamumbai.com for details.

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