Housed in the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre is equipped with the latest stagecraft and engineering, which includes 33 fly bars. Besides the striking auditorium, which can seat 1109 people, the facility also has a museum, three conference rooms and large foyer spaces. From Indian epics and classical music and dance performances to western operas and ballets, this venue has played host to a variety of cultural events.
The center offers interactive exhibits that help children decipher and understand the mysteries of science. There is also an outdoor science park that gives kids a chance to understand science through games. The center organizes programs, science expositions, creative science workshops, film festivals and a science drama festival on a regular basis. It houses a terrific bookstall called Third Wave that sells great scientific toys and books.
Prithvi Theatre, started by the late actor Prithviraj Kapoor, is the venue for theatrical performances with social themes. Four generations of the Kapoor family have contributed in a big way to the Hindi film world as actors, producers and directors, and the theater has played a huge role in reviving regional, especially Hindi plays. Theater and film festivals, retrospectives, discussions and book readings are constantly organized in this charming complex.
The Wankhede Stadium at Churchgate needs no introduction, at least not for fans of Cricket. Owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association, the Wankhede Stadium was built in 1975 and has since been the prime venue for matches. Boasting an "official" seating capacity of 45,000, the crowds pack the Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Merchant stands, bleachers named after stalwarts of Indian cricket. A match at the Wankhede Stadium shouldn't be missed, purely for the atmosphere if not anything else. The stadium lacks a concession stand, so it's best to tuck in at Pizzeria, Croissants, Samrat, Gaylords or 210°C, fast food eateries located just around the corner. On second thoughts, you might as well use their washroom facilities too.
Easily Mumbai's most popular landmark, this yellow basalt arch was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. Designed by George Wittet, this imposing structure overlooking the Arabian Sea, was opened to the public in 1924 and since then it's been on every tourist itinerary besides being a favorite meeting point for the locals. Many launches depart from here for short joyrides around the harbor or for longer ones to the Elephanta Caves. Touts, balloon sellers, photographers, peanut vendors roam around the place to give it a unique buzz.
Located on the southern tip of the Marine Drive promenade, the National Center for Performing Arts popularly called as NCPA, is Mumbai's premier socio-cultural center. Set up for the preservation and promotion of classical, traditional and contemporary performing and visual arts, this multi-faceted facility has theaters, art galleries, reading and listening libraries and a music research lab among other things. Plays, concerts, dance performances, film screenings, book readings, seminars, workshops and much more are held at NCPA throughout the year. Check their website for upcoming events.