National Centre for the Performing Arts (India)
|National Centre for the Performing Arts (India)|
|Address||National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg & Dorabji Tata Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai -40001, India.|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Larsen & Toubro Limited|
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), in Mumbai, India, was established on land reclaimed and donated by the Maharashtra Govt. and a grant of Rs 4 million from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. This was later supplemented by donations from the corporate sector. Registered as a society on 8 June 1966, NCPA has also been established as a public trust, whose principal objective is to serve the cause of the performing and allied arts.
Initially, established at a temporary setup at 89 Bhulabhai Desai Road, which housed a small auditorium, listening rooms and practice facilities, inaugurated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 29 December 1969. Meanwhile, the 8-acre (32,000 m2) are was built on reclaimed land at Nariman Point where it is located today.
Principal aims and objectives
- To establish a national centre for the preservation and promotion of classical, traditional and contemporary performing and visual arts.
- To establish, equip and maintain schools, auditoria, libraries, archives, museums, studios, workshops and other facilities necessary to fulfil the above objectives.
- To disseminate knowledge, promote appreciation, provide training and sponsor or undertake scientific research in these fields with the objective of further development by encouragement of innovation within India and by interaction with the arts of other countries.
The NCPA complex occupies an area of about 32,000 square metres (340,000 sq ft) at Nariman Point, on land reclaimed from the sea.
- The 200-seat Godrej Dance Academy Theatre
- The 114-seat Little Theatre
- Piramal Art Gallery
- Jahengir Nicholson Gallery of Modern Art
- Centre for Photography as an Art Form
- The Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts
- The Jindal Arts Creative Interaction Centre
- The Morarkha Center for Revival of Crafts
- Theatre Development Centre
- State of the art recording studio
- N M Wadia Library
- Reading and listening libraries
- Studio for archival documentation of dance, drama and music
- Teaching and research block
- Computerised music research laboratory
- Audio-visual archival vault with over 4,000 hours of recording and theatre research material, and a computerised databank for easy retrieval
- The Performing Arts Circle
Membership of the Performing Arts Circle (PAC) is open to students, professionals and lovers of art. NCPA presents 40 to 50 events in its various spaces every month. Nearly half of these are free for members of the PAC. Members of the PAC have free access to the well-equipped reading and listening library of the NCPA.
NCPA Apartments, a residential building, which stand adjacent to the complex was built in 1995 by Shapoorji Pallonji. Today, it is one of most expensive residential building in India, in 2012 3-bedroom home was sold for over 26 crore (US$4.0 million), previously in 2007, a flat here was sold for 34 crore (US$5.2 million), and at Rs 97,000 per sq ft, it was at the time, country's record residential deal to date.
Throughout the years NCPA hosted many performances including classical, traditional and contemporary performing arts in dance, theater, and music. Notable Indian performers who performed at NCPA include Vilayat Khan, M. S. Subbulakshmi, Birju Maharaj, Kelucharan Mohapatra, Mani Madhava Chakyar, Shakuntala, Smita Patil, Parveen Sultana and Shabana Azmi.
NCPA has also attracted many international performers including Yehudi Menuhin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Navoi Bolshoi Ballet of Uzbekistan, Marcel Marceau, Barber of Seville opera, production of Jane Eyre, and other British Council commissioned theater productions. In 2006, New Jersey Ballet staged India's first full-length classical ballet with its Nutcracker production.
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- history and legacy NCPA website
- "Symphony Orchestra of India". NCPA Mumbai. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
- NCPA Apartments
- Most Expensive Homes in India
- "Kotaks buy flat in National Centre for Performing Arts apartments for Rs 26 crore". The Times of India. 19 Jun 2012. Retrieved 4 Feb 2013.
- "South Mumbai high: Rs 100-cr flats". Indian Express. 24 Feb 2010. Retrieved 4 Feb 2013.
- Performances at the NCPA – accessed 29 March 2009
- The Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra - Navoi Bolshoi Ballet (Uzbekistan) – accessed 29 March 2009
- A Midsummer Night's Dream – accessed 29 March 2009
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- Birajdar, Laxmi. Western classical music fans in for a treat. Pune Newsline. 12 September 2006 - accessed on 29 March 2009