Join the online screening of 'Sustainability NOW: Wildlife and Environment Mini-Film Festival' from 2 April to 4 April.
Among the last remnants of colonial rule in India, is the Royal Opera House in Mumbai, which King George V inaugurated in 1911. Since then, this opera house has carefully woven itself with the cultural fabric of this vibrant city, in a manner that has catered to its artistic dynamism. From hosting stellar operatic performances to providing a platform for cinema stalwarts like Prithviraj Kapoor, the Royal Opera House's baroque edifice has stories that span over a time period of hundred years. If you are the kind of person who is fascinated by old-world charms with a touch of modernity, then a virtual tour through the Royal Opera House will be a delight for you!
A jewel in the city's cultural crown
Conceptualised by Maurice Bandmann and Jehangir Framji Karaka in 1908, the Royal Opera House in Mumbai is touted as India's only surviving opera house. Eventually completed in 1916, the designs of this vintage structure are a fusion of Indian detailing and European architectural style replete with marble statues and crystal chandeliers. The ownership of this Opera House changed hands several times before it was bought by its current owner, the Royal Family of Gondal, in 1952.
With the advent of technology and the evolution of the cinema industry, in 1925, the Royal Opera House ceased to be a platform for showcasing dramatic theatre. Catering to the popular demand, Royal Opera House started screening films, however, it couldn't sustain the hardships that surfaced during the 1990s and had to soon close operations. Commissioned for restoration under Abha Narain Lambah- a conservation architect, in 2010, this 575 seater Opera House finally re-opened after 23 years!
An iconic stage to perform at, the Royal Opera House is a dreamy place right out of Moulin Rouge! The relevance and reverence of this opera house is beckoning you to experience the magnificence of this place through a virtual tour here. Also, if you are a theatre lover, then you must join the online screening of Sustainability NOW: Wildlife and Environment Mini-Film Festival.
Festival Dates: April 2 to 4
Festival Timings: 6 PM to 11.59 PM
Festival Location: YouTube
Opera House Location: Mama Parmanand Marg, Mumbai