Feel The Soul Of Mumbai…
Feel The Soul Of Mumbai…
When in Mumbai do what the locals do, and you’ll fall in love in 1-2-3…
The theatre scene in Mumbai sizzles. Big names like Gulzar Sahab, Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah were made by theatre and return to it time and again.
“Theatre in Mumbai must be enjoyed purely for the romance of it,” says Saviera Barretto, an advertising professional who calls Mumbai home. He adds, “It’s quite addictive too. You attend one play and you’re already subscribing to updates for all the upcoming events.”
Now, there’s always the age old Prithvi theatre at Juhu and NCPA at Nariman Point for your theatre education. Hover around this theatre and there’s a good chance you’ll run into celebrities like Alyque Padamsee, Dolly Thakore and Akarsh Khurana, while watching some great masterpieces put together by Girish Karnad, Lilette Dubey, Shabana Azmi, Shernaz Patel, and actors who will tell you about the pure love of acting.
But what you must strictly not underestimate is the Marathi theatre scene. Theatres such as Dinanath Natyagruha at Vile Parle east, Shivaji Natya Mandir at Dadar West and Ravindra Natya Mandir at Prabhadevi, have been enthralling their audiences with legendary performances for decades. These are the plays that make you understand the very purpose of the evolution of an art form like theatre.
Mumbai is nothing if not a good sport. Now, here’s a city that knows how to lose, that knows to take loss, pick up its pieces, stand up again and fight back. What’s more, Mumbai knows how to enjoy its sports as well. Watching a cricket match at the Wankhede stadium is the stuff of bucket lists.
Cricket and India go way back, so the sheer sound of fans cheering is something you will relive over and over again. And yet, watching a football match in Cooperage stadium is no less charming. Those who yawn at the sports channel on TV will be thrilled to the core at these stadiums. Alternatively, you can watch and take part in a practice session at the Azad and Oval Maidans in Fort.
However, Mumbai sport is incomplete without a mention of the Mahalaxmi Race Course. Whether or not you know the winning one between Flying Rani and Flying Toofan, whether or not your horse wins, you’re bound to fall in love with the grace and gait of the horses racing here. You can also get a riding course at the Amateur Riders’ Club here.
This mega-metropolis knows to honour all faiths and celebrate all their festivals. You could start by visiting Mumba Devi, the goddess of fisher folk and the one who gave her name to the city, at Zaveri Bazaar.
Then, visit Siddhivinak and Mahalaxmi, the temples in Mumbai that see the most crowd almost every day. And the Haji Ali Dargah is a part of the city’s identity just as much as the beautiful cathedrals and churches across Fort.
To this Saviera Barretto, a Catholic, adds “Truly feeling Mumbai is enjoying a qawwali at the Haji Ali Dargah, gorging on the Ramzan feast at Mohammed Ali Road while taking in that beautifully lit Minara Masjid…I could go on!”
We could add to that list too with staying up for midnight mass at one of the old cathedrals in town, dancing in a Ganpati Visarjan procession, climbing the man-mountain to break the dahi handi on Gokulashtami at Lalbaug and counting down to the fireworks announcing every single New Year.
PRO TIP: Don’t forget to take a ride in the open-topped double-decker bus ‘Nilambari’ that takes you around the neo-Gothic architecture of what resident Mumbaikars proudly call ‘townside’. The bus operates on the weekend and begins its tour at 7pm from the Gateway of India.
While you take in the graceful sweep of Horniman Circle and the imposing columns of the Asiatic Library, the city would have quietly seeped into your being. We’re assuming that by the time this ride gets done, Mumbai, as it’s been known to do, would have ruined you for all other cities in India.
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