A Tribute to Begums and Baijis of Bollywood: The First Women of Hindi Cinema
Sufi Kathak Foundation, The Royal Opera House, Mumbai and Avid Learning present an evening of stories, music and dance with a theatrical dance performance by Kathak Dancer and Founder of the Sufi Kathak Foundation Manjari Chaturvedi that will pay homage to early depictions of courtesans in film. This performance, conceptualized, created and directed by her, celebrates the women performers of Bollywood and brings back to life the magic, grace and soul of the Tawaif. More than a dance relived; it is a story retold. This enchanting performance is an ode to erstwhile and now forgotten women performers whose stories will be retold as dramatic interludes throughout the performance. Do not miss an evening that celebrates the Tawaif’s unique art and contribution to the world of Hindi Cinema.
Royal Opera House, Mumbai is widely touted as Mumbai’s Cultural Crown Jewel and India’s only surviving Opera House. The original idea for the space was conceived of in 1908, inaugurated in 1911 by King George V, and eventually completed in 1916. The design incorporated a blend of European and Indian detailing. The space became a cinema in later years before falling into disrepair and shutting by the 1990s. Fittingly, the space has been owned by the Royal Family of Gondal since 1952 and was eventually restored by conservation architect, Abha Narain Lambah under the leadership of His Highness, Maharaja Shri Jyotendrasinhji of Gondal. The Royal Opera House Mumbai, now one of the last remaining Baroque structures in the city, reopened after 23 years in October 2016. The building was included on the 2012 World Monuments Watch to raise awareness about its history and significance, and support preservation efforts. The building has since been recognized with an Award of Merit in the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The restored facilities feature a 575-seater 3-level auditorium with an orchestra pit and state of the art technological upgradations, including acoustics, stagecraft, lighting and air-conditioning, alongside retaining the old world charm of the proscenium stage, the royal boxes and the magnificent regal chandeliers. Some more enhancements to the venue include a motorized screen, co-axial ceiling speaker system, Four-zone volume control and all round wifi access. Today, it stands as a key performance and creative hub in the city’s cultural landscape, while being a premier heritage landmark. Facebook: MumbaiOpera Twitter: @MumbaiOpera Instagram: @mumbaiopera
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The Royal Opera House, Mumbai
Mathew Rd, Opera House, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004