Where to Catch a Traditional Indian Dance Show in Mumbai

Odissi dancer
Odissi dancer | © Bala Sivakumar / Flickr
Sridevi Nambiar

Mumbai has plenty of public and private institutions that regularly showcase the country’s rich performing arts, so you have quite a few options for watching a traditional dance performance. Here’s a roundup of the city’s top spots to catch a show, from a remote folk dance to a classic Bharatanatyam performance.

1. National Center For Performing Arts


Founded in 1969, the National Centre For Performing Arts (NCPA) is the country’s largest performing arts center, with more than 700 events hosted here each year. Built to preserve and promote India’s cherished artistic heritage in the fields of music, dance, theater, film, literature and photography, the NCPA frequently hosts some of the country’s best and most promising emerging dancers. The Mudra Dance Festival, held every April, consistently presents a rich program with traditional dances from around the country. The NCPA Nakshatra Dance Festival, held every October, features troupe performances led by prominent figures in Indian classical dance.

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