The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will host a four-day cultural extravaganza from Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 1 to mark half a century. Make your way to the veteran institution to attend performances of theatre, dance, Indian and Western classical music and stand-up comedy; watch film and theatre screenings; and participate in workshops on dance and storytelling.

OPENING

Symphony Orchestra of India

The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 28 with a performance by the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI). Conducted by SOI’s associate music director Zane Dalal, the concert will feature violinist virtuoso and SOI music director Marat Bisengaliev. The SOI will be joined by choirs from across India and dancers from the Kazakh State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet as they perform popular choral classics and waltzes.
When: Thursday, November 28 at 8pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

COMEDY

Zakir Khan

Zakir ‘Sakht Launda’ Khan, one of the biggest names in stand-up comedy in the country will  present his new special, Tathastu. Khan will pepper his set with anecdotes from his life.
When: Friday, November 29 at 6pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Amit Tandon

Amit Tandon tells us how he dealt with an arranged marriage, kids and their school admissions and in-laws in his special, Not Getting Any Wiser.
When: Friday, November 29 at 10.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

DANCE

Mallika Sarabhai and Astad Deboo

Watch performances by two legendary dancers: bharatanatyam exponent Mallika Sarabhai and contemporary dancer Astad Deboo.
When: Friday, November 29 at 5.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Aditi Mangaldas and Nrityagram

Watch Aditi Mangaldas, one of the foremost kathak dancers in the country, and the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, which will present an Odissi recital.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 1pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Malavika Sarukkai, Alarmel Valli and Arundhathi Subramaniam

Watch bharatanatyam by renowned dancers Malavika Sarukkai and Alarmel Valli and listen to poetry by city-based poet and writer Arundhathi Subramaniam.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 3pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Dance Appreciation

The NCPA will hold a series of demonstrations and talks on the eight classical dance forms of India: bharatanatyam, kathak, kathakali, Manipuri, Odissi, mohiniattam, sattriya and kuchipudi. They will be conducted by stalwarts and experts in the field such as Sandhya Purecha, Uma Dogra, Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan, Darshana Jhaveri, Daksha Mashruwala, Mandakini Trivdei, Sunil Kothari and Shantha Ratii.
When: Friday, November 29 to Saturday, November 30.
Where: Piramal Art Gallery and Little Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

MASTERCLASSES

Bruce Guthrie

British theatre director Bruce Guthrie, who is the head of theatre and film at the NCPA, will conduct theatre masterclasses on musical theatre and acting.
When: Saturday, November 30 at 10am, 2pm and 5.30pm.
Where: Sea View Room, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Arturo Sandoval

Cuba-born Arturo Sandoval (pictured above), a multiple Grammy winner and one of the world’s leading jazz trumpeters will conducting a jazz masterclass.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 6pm
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

MUSIC

Arturo Sandoval

Considered one of the best jazz trumpeters in the world, Arturo Sandoval is an equally proficient pianist and vocalist. Get set for a night of Afro Cuban jazz, bebop and classic jazz.
When: Friday, November 29 at 8.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

All-Star Jam with Arturo

Arturo Sandoval and his band will jam with some of India’s leading jazz and classical musicians.
When: Saturday, November 30 at 8.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

‘Igudesman and Joo: A Little Nightmare Music’

Music meets comedy in the performance of Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman and British-Korean pianist Hyung-ki Joo. The team is making its Indian debut with A Little Nightmare Music, a a screwball musical comedy.
When: Saturday, November 30 at 4pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

‘The Manganiyar Seduction’

Watch Roysten Abel’s spectacular show featuring nearly 40 musicians from the Rajasthan’s manganiyar community. Singers and musicians will be seated in a dramatic grid-like set lit with bulbs.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 9pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Birju Maharaj and Ajoy Chakrabarty

Hindustani classical vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty and the legendary kathak dancer Birju Maharaj will present the semi-classical genre of thumri using voice and movement.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 7pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

Rashid Khan

Attend this concert by renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Rashid Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 9am.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

A Tribute to Allarakha

Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain will pay tribute to his father, the legendary tabla player Allarakha Qureshi. Hussain will be accompanied by Grammy-nominated Hindustani classical violinist Kala Ramnath and his nephew Shikhar Naad Qureshi on the djembe.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 11am.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

THEATRE

‘Elephant in the Room’

Written by Sneh Sapru and performed and directed by Yuki Ellias, this English drama draws on the story of the elephant god Ganesh. In the play, young Master Tusk’s head is swapped with that of an elephant.
When: Saturday, November 30 at 5pm and 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

‘Sea Wall’

Actor Jim Sarbh will perform this English monologue written by Simon Stephens, the writer of the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time based on Mark Haddon’s eponymous novel. Sarbh plays Alex, who talks about his wife, his daughter and a life-changing visit to his father-in-law in the south of France. The play is directed by NCPA’s head of film and theatre, Bruce Guthrie.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 5pm and 8.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

‘Where Has My Nani Gone?’

Based on Chatura Rao’s children’s book Gone Grandmother, this puppet show is directed by Dadi Pudumjee and performed by his company, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. A meditation on death, Where Has My Nani Gone? hinges on a young girl who wonders where her grandmother is.
When: Sunday, December 1 at 12pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.

For the complete schedule, see here.