The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is one of Mumbai’s chief hubs for theatre, music, dance, and cinema. Here’s a list of events coming up in January and February that are sure to delight culture enthusiasts.

‘My Brazillian Suingue’

Considered one of the most accomplished exponents of jazz samba, Brazilian pianist and singer Jim Porto will perform with his quintet.
When: Saturday, January 25 at 7pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘The Mirror Crack’d’

Directed by British theatre director Melly Still, The Mirror Crack’d is based on Agatha Christie’s mystery novel The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and rewritten for the Indian stage by Ayeesha Menon, this play is set in Goa in the year 1976. A Bollywood actress, played by Sonali Kulkarni, hosts a party that ends in a murder.
When: Thursday, January 30 to Sunday, February 9 at 7.30pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Transfer Kid’

Written by Saurabh Nayyar and directed by Ghanshyam Lalsa, this English drama is the story of ten-year-old Ravi, who finds it tough to make new friends each time his father is transferred to a new place. His secret friend, who listens to his poetry, makes life easier.
When: Sunday, January 26 at 12pm.
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.


Listen to vocalist Mahesh Kale, who is known as a singer of classical, semi-classical and devotional songs.
When: Saturday, February 1 at 6.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.


Written by Sneha Desai and directed by Rajesh Joshi, Safarjan is a Gujarati drama set in the village of Khanpora along the line of control. Four unrelated individuals, Mohammed, Shyamlal, Anwar and Jhelum, happen to meet and speak about the trials of Jammu and Kashmir.
When: Sunday, February 2 at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Sama`a: The Mystic Ecstasy

The annual festival of sufi music has performances by renowned baul singer Parvathy Baul (pictured above; Friday, February 7 at 7pm at Experimental Theatre); ghazal singer Mohammed Vakil and his group (Saturday, February 8 at 7pm at Experimental Theatre); Hadarrattes Souiriyattes, an eight-member all-woman group of singers from Morocco (Sunday, February 9 at 5pm at Experimental Theatre); and Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe, a Mumbai-based folk-fusion band that performs the poetry of Kabir (Sunday, February 9 at 7pm at Tata Theatre).
When: Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9.
Where: NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Hai Mera Dil’

Ank theatre group’s long-running Hindi comedy is a portrait of a hypochondriac. Directed by Dinesh Thakur, it has Preeta Mathur Thakur, Aman Gupta, Shankar Iyer, Ashish Saleem and SC Makhija.
When: Friday, February 14 at 7.30pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘Hamari Neeta Ki Shaadi’

Written and directed by Veena Bakshi, Hamari Neeta Ki Shaadi is a Hindi drama about the life of Neeta, a modern girl from Mumbai. Her parents want her to have a grand wedding, while she wants to escape the rituals. In order to do this, she locks herself in the bathroom.
When: Saturday, February 15 at 7.30pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, Nariman Point.

‘The Devil Wears Bataa’

An English comedy that reveals the secrets of the Indian and the American governments that not even politicians know. The play is written and directed by Meherzad Patel.
When: Saturday, February 15 at 7.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) Spring 2020

The SOI’s spring line-up of events includes Musical Theatre Gala in which British conducter Daniel Bowling will conduct Welsh singers Lucie Jones and John Owen-Jones in performances of excerpts from musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Misérables (Thursday, February 20 at 7pm); and A French Soiree, in which composer and conductor Laurent Petitgerard and French pianist Jean-Phillipe Collard perform the music of Saint-Saëns and Franck (Sunday, March 1 at 5pm).
When: Thursday, February 20 to Sunday, March 1.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Spectrum 2020: Crossroads

The percussive dance forms of kathak and flamenco will be performed, as well as jazz. The artists are Aditi Bhagwat (kathak), Bettina Castaño (flamenco), Susan Mazer (jazz harp), Dallas Smith (soprano sax, flute and clarinet), Sanjay Divecha (guitar), Swapnil Bhise (tabla), Shruti Bhave (violin) and Emmanuel Simon (percussion).
When: Sunday, February 16 at 6pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Augustin Dumay and Maria Joao Pires

French violinist Augustin Dumay and Portuguese pianist Maria João Pirès will perform Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ sonata as well as violin and piano concerti by Mendelssohn and Schumann.
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Klaus Graf Quartet

Listen to jazz by the German quartet featuring Olaf Polziehn on piano, Axel Kühn on double bass, Meinhard Obi Jenne and alto saxophonist Klaus Graf, who has composed the music.
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

For more events, at NCPA see here.