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Proposed Programs for 3rd The Mumbai Festival 2007

14th ~28th  Jan., ‘07




Festival Inauguration (Sunday, 14th January 2007):

Kite Festival on 14th January at Police Gymkhana, Marine Drive

Dindi from Marine Drive to Gateway of India

Inaugural Ceremony at Gateway of India


International participation at MF 2007 (Guest Country – Australia):

Headed by: Shri Divya Bhatia

Committee includes: Officers of Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Government of Australia and Officers of Consulate of Japan.

The Australian programs proposed for inclusion in MF 2007 are:

Dislocate (Physical Theatre) – on 15th, 16th and 17th January 2007 at Outdoor locations

Strange Fruit (Street/ Public Performing Art) – The Spheres on 14th January at Gateway of India and 15th  & 16th at the Police Gymkhana, Marine Lines

Australian Art Orchestra – A Fusion program including Australian and Indian artistes at the Gateway of India (25th & 26th Jan)

International Art Installation - ‘Printemps Ete’ by Akiro Isogawa and Contemporary jewelry design exhibition – 14th ~ 28th January

Indoor theatre performance

Aboriginal Dance Group performance

Author and book reading at Mumbai International Book Fair

Films at Film Festival


The Japanese programs proposed for inclusion in MF 2007 are:

Japanese Pottery Exhibition

Japanese Films at Film Festival

Seshi Mai (Lion Dance) – a Japanese Folk Dance performance


Army and Navy participation at MF 2007:

Army  -

Military Tattoo, AWWA program & Equestrian display  – 5th ~ 7th January at Shivaji Park

Disaster Management workshops

Ball at Army Officers Institute, Juhu on 17th & 18th January

Celebrity Fancy Dress Party (Theme – Camouflage) at Army Officers Institute, Juhu on 19th January

Polo  - by Indian Army – 24th ~ 26th January at ARC, Mahalaxmi

Navy - 

Display of Naval Boats – 26th January at Anchorage, off Gateway of India

Aerial acrobatics by ‘Sagar Pawan’ and Naval helicopters – 26th January at Marine Drive

Ops Demo - 26th January at Girgaum Chowpatty

Art, Music and Fashion events besides a Wine Festival on IMS Vikrant


Gateway Festival







6.30 pm

Remembering Shakti (tbc)



6.30 pm

Urdu Mushaira



6.30 pm       

Nach Baliye 2 - by Star TV



6.30 pm 




6.30 pm




6.30 pm  

Laughter Challenge 2 - by Star TV



6.30 pm 

Dance performance



6.30 pm 




6.30 pm   

Bhakti - Sufi Sangeet by Kailash Kher and others



6.30 pm  




6.30 pm    

Australian Art Orchestra



6.30 pm    

Celebrating India Show with Bombay Symphony Orchestra & Australian Art Orchestra



6.30 pm    

Festival Closing with Award Ceremony


Food Festival

Headed by Smt. Rashmi Uday Singh

Food Festival Committee includes: Shri Kamlesh Barot (FHRAI –WI), Shri Riyaaz Amlani (Mocha), Shri Suhas Awchat (Goa Portuguesa), Shri Gogi Kohli (AHAR) and  Prof. Coelho (Catering College), among others

Heart Warming Foods - 14~ 28 January at Kalaghoda. Live street acts between 7pm and 11 pm

Maharashtrian cuisine at ‘Maharashtra Mazha’ - 15th ~ 28th January at Bandra Reclamation

Koli Sea Food Festival at Versova (18th ~ 21st January) & Cuffe Parade Fishing Villages (25th ~ 28th January)

Discounts at restaurants and food courts at shopping malls to be arranged by HRAI – WI & AHAR – 14th ~ 28th January

Community Feasts viz. Idli festival at Matunga (E) and Muslim Food Festival at Mohd. Ali Road


Shopping Festival        

Over 2,000 retail outlets and a dozen of Mega Malls are expected to participate by offering discounts to shoppers. Late night shopping (until 3 a.m.), raffles and on-the-spot contests  are being planned as value additions.


Crafts Festival 

Organized by - Mumbai University

Parampara –at Kalina Campus.

A craft pavilion wherein the crafts of the different regions would be showcased. Live demo’s of the making of the crafts by master-craftsmen of respective regions and Indian folk art.


Children’s Festival

Children’s Festival Committee includes: Kum. Rakshanda Khan, Kum. Raell Padamsee and Smt. Juhi Chawla, among others

Book reading by a celebrities viz. Naseeruddin Shah, Gulzar, Shabana Azmi,Javed Akhtar, Sushmita Sen, Urmila Matondkar, Vijaya Mehta and Shobha De, at different venues like Mumbai International Book Fair.

Workshops on Shooting, Horse Riding (by the Army on 24th ~ 26th Jan at Mahalaxmi), etc. for school kids and skill imparting workshops for the under-privileged (in association with Children Aid Society, Spastics Society of India, Juvenile Delinquency Centres, Akaanksha, Project Crayons, etc.)

Visit to Traffic Park and other limited access locations viz. Coin Museum, Naval Boats, CST Bldg., GPO, BMC Bldg., Raj Bhavan and State Assembly, among others

Cultural Quiz for children 

National Flag event with ‘Shaktimaan’ (Shri Mukesh Khanna) at Shivaji Park on 26th January

Children’s Weekend theatre at Ravindra Natya Mandir



Special Events:

Mumbai International Book Fair & Mumbai Shopping Festival Expo - 12th ~ 24th Jan at Grand Hyatt Exhibition Grounds, Kalina

Morning Ragas with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia – 26th January at Amphitheatre, Bandra Fort.

Navy -  Display of Naval Boats – 26th January at Anchorage, off Gateway of India

                    Aerial acrobatics by ‘Sagar Pawan’ and Naval helicopters – 26th January 

                    at Marine Drive

                    Ops Demo - 26th January at Girgaum Chowpatty

Art, Music and Fashion events besides a Wine Festival on IMS Vikrant (tba)

Army  - Ball at Army Officers Institute, Juhu on 17th & 18th January

Celebrity Fancy Dress Party (Theme – Camouflage) at Army Officers Institute, Juhu on 19th January

Flea Market at Ballard Estate – A night bazaar where besides regular vendors, the general public will put up garage sales. Food court and live street performances will provide a memorable experience.

Railway Exhibition       

Boot Polish, 26th January - An event involving the shoe-polishers from all over city. To be organized at the Hanging Garden (Old Lady’s Boot House) in association with the Society of Shoe-Shiners


Sports Festival  

Sports Festival Committee includes: Shri Dilip Vengsarkar, Shri Ravi Shastri, Shri Nana Patekar, Shri Viveik Oberoi, and Shri Vivek Singh, among others 

Mumbai International Marathon organized by Procam International – 21st January

Gully cricket – Elimination rounds at maidans across Mumbai city Semi’s and Finals at Police Gymkhana on 26th January

Shooting Competition – organized by Rifle Association

Auto rickshaw race  - Finals on 26th January

Fishing Trawler Race – Finals on 26th January

Polo Exhibition Match and Equestrian Display by Indian Army – 24th ~ 26th January at Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course


Mumbai Dance Festival  - Nrityotsava

Organised by: Nalanda Dance Research Centre

Dance Festival Committee includes: Dr. (Smt.) Kanak Rele, Shri Shashi Vyas, Smt. Urvi Vora and Smt. Mandeera, among others 

Mumbai Dance Festival – 18th ~ 21st January at Amphitheatre, Bandra Fort. The Indian classical dance forms performed by young artistes selected from across the country.


Youth Festival

To be organized jointly by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mumbai University, Times of India and Mumbai Festival Committee

National Youth Camp organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK)

Inter-collegiate Music competition


Theatre Festival

Organised jointly by Director of Culture, between 15th and 28th January, the Mumbai Theatre Festival will stage plays in English, Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi and other regional languages.

Workshops folk theatre and amateur theatre will be incorporated in the schedule.


Folk Festival – ‘Maharashtra Mazha’

To be jointly organised by MTDC & Tourism Cooperative. Maharashtra Mazha, a Maharashtrian cultural fiesta will include performances by renowned artistes, Maharashtrian cuisine and an exhibition of tribal art & self help groups. Will include:

Dhangar Dance Competition (Gaja Nritya, Ovya, Kaifti)

Lezim & Malakhamb Competitions

Tribal Dance (Chakri Gauri, Tarpa, Dhol, Bohada, etc.)


Combat Games (Sword, Spear, Daand-patta and Mashaal dance)

Wrestling (Male and Female categories)

Bolkya Bahulya –Venrtiloquism, Leather puppets & Puppet Theatre



Koli Dance


Women Folk Song & Dance (Mangal-Gaur, Zhimma-Fugdi, Jaatyavareel Ovi, Courtyard songs)


Mumbai Art Festival  – 15th ~ 28th January

Exhibition of ‘Raja of Aundh’s Art Collection’ organized by Dept. of Archaeology

International Art Installation titled ‘Printemps Ete’ by Akiro Isogawa and Contemporary jewelry design exhibition – 14th ~ 28th January

Exhibitions, installations and workshops at various locations

Heritage walks

Taxi & Rickshaw Art competitions


Mumbai Film Festival  – 15th ~ 28th January

Proposed outdoor public screening of classics spanning 5 decades at selected locations viz. Dharavi, Kurla – Nehru Nagar, Bhandup, Malwani, Girgaum, Vakola,  Worli  Sea Face, Kala Chowkie, Deonar, Jogeshwari – Behrambaug, Lalbaug, and Borivali

International Films (from Australia & Japan) to be screened in theatres


Cultural Tourism

To be organized by Tourism Co-operative

Stay With Indian Family (SWIF)

MTDC Bed & Breakfast program to meet the increased needs of inbound tourists.

Hop-in-Hop-off Bus Service

A day ticket offering transportation between the festival venues and other tourist attractions