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Performing arts in Mumbai


Mumbai is a major centre for traditional performing arts, attracting the finest Indian classical musicians and dancers from all over the country. Frequent concerts and recitals are staged at venues such as Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, KM Munshi Marg (t022/2363 0224), the headquarters of the international cultural (Hindu) organization, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (NCPA; w

For more contemporary live music, the leading venue is Blue Frog, in North Mumbai at D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel (t022/4033 2300, w, opened in late 2007 and recently named by the UK’s Independent newspaper as one of the world’s top live music venues. Performances are staged inside a huge old warehouse in Mumbai’s former mill district, showcasing leading Indian and international live music acts and DJs – anything from rock to hip-hop.

For theatre, head out to the Prithvi Theatre (t022/2614 9546, w on Juhu Church Road, a small but lively venue focusing mainly on Hindi-language theatre, along with some English productions.

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