The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), situated at Mumbai’s
commercial Nariman Point
, is a premier institution engaged in the preservation and promotion of India’s rich culture and heritage. It showcases the finest in classical, folk and contemporary dance forms and arts.
This institution was registered as a society in 1966 and it functions as a public trust administered by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Among its agenda is the establishment and maintenance of schools, auditoriums, libraries, museums, workshops and other facilities required for the promotion of the traditional Indian performing and allied arts. This center also involves itself in various programs designed for the interaction of Indian artists with the performers of other countries.
The eight acre plot of NCPA features the 1,150 seat Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, the 1,010 seat Tata Theatre, a 300 seat experimental theatre, a 200 seat dance academy theatre and a 114 seat multi-purpose recording auditorium. There is also an art gallery, music and dance rooms, libraries, a research center and various other facilities featuring the latest technologies.
Each month about 40 to 50 different cultural events are held at various venues in the center. Nearly half of these shows are free for the members of NCPA’s Performing Arts Circle.