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National Centre of Performing Arts in Mumbai Marking Half a Century of Celebrating Art

The 50th year milestone will serve as a direction for us to grow and be an integral part of the cultural life of not just Mumbai, but the whole nation

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Khushroo N. Suntook, Chairman, NCPA said, It has been a long and exciting journey for everyone who has been associated with NCPA. Pixabay

The National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai will celebrate its 50th year with a three-day multi genre extravaganza ‘NCPA Add Art Festival’ to be held from November 29 to December 1 in Mumbai.

The festival will showcase performances across theatre, dance, Indian and western classical music, stand-up acts, screenings, puppetry and workshops.

Khushroo N. Suntook, Chairman, NCPA said, “It has been a long and exciting journey for everyone who has been associated with NCPA. The 50th year milestone will serve as a direction for us to grow and be an integral part of the cultural life of not just Mumbai, but the whole nation. With our constant endeavour to project only the best performances across the country and internationally, NCPA is truly becoming a beacon of culture.”

Artists including Rashid Khan, Zakir Hussain, Aditi Mangaldas, Malavika Sarukkai, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Birju Maharaj, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Mallika Sarabhai, Astad Deboo, Zakir Khan, Amit Tondon, Jim Sarb, Igudesman and several more would be performing at the festival.

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The festival will showcase performances across theatre, dance, Indian and western classical music, stand-up acts, screenings, puppetry and workshops. Pixabay

The festival will commence with Symphony Orchestra of India. Led by music director Marat Bisengaliev and associate music director Zane Dalal, the concert will also feature joint choirs from around India.

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The highlight of this festival will be the India premiere of the 10-time Grammy award winner and six-time Billboard Award Winner Arturo Sandoval. It will also present a special performance featuring the Students of the NCPA – SOI Music Academy & Indian Music. (IANS)

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Actress Pooja Bhatt Urges Bollywood on Twitter To Clean Film City

While several Bollywood stars take part in beach clean up drives every now and then in Mumbai, it is now to be seen whether they will take up an initiative to clean up Film City or not

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Reacting to tweet by actress Pooja Bhatt, a user urged superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn to do something to clean up film city which takes an even worse shape in the prolonged monsoon of Mumbai. Wikimedia Commons

The glitz and glamour of Bollywood creates a dream world in front of our eyes, but what is the reality? Long after a film has been released, long after the sets have been de-constructed, broken pieces of the set remain scattered here and there turning the place into a mess. This is exactly what actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt has pointed a finger at.

Pooja took to Twitter on Saturday to express how the Film City in Mumbai’s Goregaon is turning into a mess. She suggested that instead of waiting for the authorities to intervene, people from the film industry should take an initiative to clean it.

She tweeted: “Film City is bustling with activity. Shame that it is in such a mess. Debris from sets long de-constructed lie everywhere. The access roads are non-existent. Why can’t we film folk clean up after we create these imaginary worlds on camera? Authorities don’t seem to care. But we must.”

Reacting to Pooja’s tweet, a user urged superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn to do something to clean up film city which takes an even worse shape in the prolonged monsoon of Mumbai.

The tweet read: “Why authorities to blame, take it on your own. From these sets you earn millions of rupees and thrown debris everywhere. This stretch becomes worst in monsoon. Sir @SrBachchan @akshaykumar @ajaydevgn plz look into and start swachchta Abhiyan in FC Goregaon everyone will support u.”

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Pooja took to Twitter on Saturday to express how the Film City in Mumbai’s Goregaon is turning into a mess. She suggested that instead of waiting for the authorities to intervene, people from the film industry should take an initiative to clean it. Wikimedia Commons

Another user suggested: “Bollywood must act as an organization. Should have a monitoring body which ensure such things to be done by without fail by the concerned film crew.”

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While several Bollywood stars take part in beach clean up drives every now and then in Mumbai, it is now to be seen whether they will take up an initiative to clean up Film City or not. (Bollywood Country)