The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is one of Mumbai’s chief hubs for theatre, music, dance, and cinema. October is a happening month, especially for theatre and music enthusiasts. Here’s what’s on during the first fortnight of October.

The NCPA International Jazz Festival

Watch musicians from around the world at this three-day festival, which will conclude with an all-star jam featuring all the performers.

Day 1

Dal Segno, a New York-based jazz band will debut in India. Listen to Darell Smith on drums, David Kingsnorth on bass and Yago Vazquez on piano. Guest vocalist Latoya Smith will join the band on stage. Camille Thurman, a talented saxophonist and vocalist will join the Darell Green Trio, which will play music from their Horace Silver tribute project.
When: Friday, October 11 at 6.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Day 2

Vocalist Mandy Gaines and her trio will present jazz classics from the Great American Songbook. They will be followed by one of Europe’s hottest jazz bands, The Round Midnight Orchestra, which is made up of some of the most talented names from the Dutch jazz scene.
When: Saturday, October 12 at 6.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Day 3

Day three will begin with a performance by Yuval Cohen on soprano saxophone along with Maya Belsitzman playing the cello, Yonathan Voltzoke on trombone, Guy Levi on piano, Gadi Lehavi on bass and Jonathan Rosen on drums. This will be followed by the Mingus Dynasty Quintet, a group of Grammy winners paying homage to the late bassist Charles Mingus. The quintet comprises Abraham Sax on the tenor sax, Alex Sipiagin playing the trumpet, Theo Hill on piano, Andy McKee on bass and Donald Edwards on drums.
The jam session will commence after the second performance.
When: Sunday, October 13 at 5pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Dopehri’

Performed and directed by Pankaj Kapur, Dopehri is based on Kapur’s Hindi novella of the same name. It’s a portrait of Amma Bi, a lonely old woman living in a Lucknow haveli.
When: Saturday, October 12 at 4.30pm and 8pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Adnan Sami

The notable singer, composer and pianist will perform popular Bollywood hits.
When: Saturday, October 12 at 6.30pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Karl Marx In Kalbadevi’

In this English and Hindi drama by playwright Uttam Gada and director Manoj Shah, German economist Karl Marx turns up in Mumbai to reveal his idea of socialism and communism. He holds forth on his family and friends, his book Das Kapital and the enormous thali he had at Bhagat Tarachand. Satchit Puranik plays the lead.
When: Sunday, October 13 at 5pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Hamari Neeta Ki Shaadi’

Written and directed by Veena Bakshi, Hamari Neeta Ki Shaadi is a Hindi play about the life of Neeta, a modern girl from Mumbai. Her parents want her to have a grand wedding, while she’s trying to escape from all the rituals.
When: Sunday, October 13 at 7pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Mareez’

Written by Vinit Shukla and directed by Manoj Shah, Mareez is a Gujarati play that chronicles the tumultuous life of the Gujarati poet and ghazal writer Abdul Ali Vasi aka Mareez.
When: Sunday, October 13 at 7.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘One World Many Musics’

NCPA celebrates musical diversity with this two-day festival featuring musicians from around the world.

Day 1
Carnatic violinist Apoorva Krishna will lead the group of artists including Iranian pianist-composer Hami Keivan and Polish saxophonist Jerzy Maczynski. Anoor Vinod Shyam and Sunaad Anoor will play mridangam and kanjira among other percussion instruments.
When: Friday, October 18 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Day 2
The ensemble for this day includes artists such as Hindustani classical violinist Sharat Chandra Srivastava; guitarist Igor Bezget and Tadej Kampl on bass, both from Slovenia; Rasa-lila Buniatyan, a qamancha player from Armenia; Indonesian piano player Nita Aartsen; ukulele player Chintan Kalra; tabla players Heiko Dijker from the Netherlands and Gyan Singh from India; percussionists Joshua Grant from India and Olaf Keus from the Netherlands; Rajasthani folk singer Sardar Khan Langa and his group and Ishaan Chhabra, a music producer and keyboard player.
When: Saturday, October 19 at 7pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Kumudini Lakhia

Contemporary kathak dancer Kumudini Lakhia will conduct a dance workshop.
When: Saturday, October 19 at 11am.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Kumudini Lakhia’s Kadamb And Aditi Mangaldas

Students of Kathak dancer Kumudini Lakhia’s dance school Kadamb will perform a bouquet of classical dance choreographies called ‘Designs Of Space And Time’. This will be followed by a solo by kathak exponent Aditi Mangaldas. She will perform extracts from Footprints On Water, her solo that explores the six seasons. Mangaldas, who trained under Lakhia, will perform in honour of her guru.
When: Sunday, October 20 at 6pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Young Generation Pianists

Young UK-based, Indian-origin pianists, Zacharias Brandman, a music scholar at Westminster School and Rhys Concessao from Purcell School for Young Musicians will perform the works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Nikolai Kapustin.
When: Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Born On Mars’

In his new stand-up show, comedian Sorabh Pant delivers outrageous and outlandish stories, some of which involve the red planet.
When: Wednesday, October 23 at 7.30pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Sujata Mohapatra And Shila Mehta

Watch Odissi by Sujata Mohanpatra, disciple of Kelucharan Mohapatra and kathak by distinguished dancer Shila Mehta (pictured above), who will perform a choreography by Kanak Rele on the issue of gender bias.
When: Thursday, October 31 at 6.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

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