We at Junoon seek to weave arts experiences into the fabric of society. Working closely with artists from theatre and allied arts fields, we strive to build a world imbued with the spirit of the arts - a world which celebrates, nurtures and values imagination, inquiry, possibility, rigour and empathy.
With Mumbai Local, we offer monthly addas with artists and scientists at venues across Mumbai. At each adda, we get to enter the world of a wonderful creative mind, to share the delight and passion of their work, and to learn fascinating aspects of their art and science.
Mumbai Locals are free and open to all.
Where we are:
Right now, we are at 3 locations every month:
~ In Bandra at MCubed Library. 1st Sat | 5 pm
~ In Byculla, at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. 2nd Sun | 5 pm
~ In Versova, at Harkat Studio. 3rd Fri | 7.00 pm
As of May 2018, we are inspired and delighted to bring a wide range of artists and scientists, by expanding our curating team. We are honoured to have on board with us:
Arnab Bhattacharya - Professor, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science at TIFR; Chair, Science Popularization &
Bishakha Dutta - Non-fiction writer, documentary film-maker, Co-founder and Executive Director of Point of View
Paromita Vohra - Filmmaker and writer, Founder and Director of Parodevi Pictures, Founder and Creative Director of Agents of Ishq
Ramu Ramanathan - Playwright-Director, Editor and Columnist
Ranjit Hoskote - Poet, Art-critic, Cultural Theorist and independent Curator
Sameera Iyengar - Co-founder, Junoon
Sanjna Kapoor - Co-founder, Junoon
We look forward to the fantastic conversations this team will offer the people of Mumbai, and beyond, as all our Mumbai Local sessions are now streamed live on our Facebook page. And of course, they are available for viewing at any time on our You Tube channel as well.
Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can save your seat for our session by sending in your RSVP in response to our mailers. Or, you can walk in and we will definitely try to seat you, space willing. To receive our mailers, please subscribe to our mailing list.
We are also online - enjoy recorded Mumbai Local talks and share freely :-)
"I think it (Mumbai Local) is a wonderful idea. I think you are doing a great job as far as I'm concerned and I think it needs to proliferate. You have to go every-where in Bombay. Because this is a great idea and I hope its working for you."
-Shyam Benegal, Filmmaker and Mumbai Local speaker
"Mumbai Local is an idea. It is a strong sense of belonging. It is sitting in a room full of people who are all seeking the same things as you; beauty, meaning and most of all, a madness that makes you think differently; more soulfully."
- Aarushi Ganju, Volunteer
"Allow me to rave about `Mumbai Local' intimate fun dialogues about the arts, in your locality."
-anuradhasays via Twitter
"Yesterday was fantastic, wasn't it? It made me think of that 'clear stream of reason' that Tagore talks about. He (Sunil Shanbag) spoke without a chit of paper, he spoke sitting down, he spoke sans mike, and he hath us enthralled!"
-Vibha Kamat, Venue Partner
"It is indeed heaven to enter a room with no expectation and find there a room packed with people eager to listen to you."
- Devdutt Pattanaik, Mumbai Local speaker via Twitter
Abhishek Nair sound music soul | Aditi Mittal comedian, writer, actress | Ajay Noronha cinematographer, documentary filmmaker | Amit Madheshiya photographer and filmmaker | Amole Gupte Actor, Director, Producer, Activist | Amrit Gangar writer, curator, historian | Amruta Patil writer, painter, Graphic Novelist | Anamika Haksar director | Anand Patwardhan documentary filmmaker | Anand Satam Lavani performer | Aneesh Pradhan musician, tabla player, author | Aniket Sule argumentative science educator | Anil Hankare Lavani performer | Anil Srinivasan pianist, educator, innovator | Anisha Malhotra designer, educator, eco-friendly practitioner | Anjali Panjabi filmmaker, tea enthusiast, collector of stories | Annie Zaidi writer of many genres | Aparna Sen actor & director | Anju Dodiya contemporary painter | Anjum Rajabali screenwriter, teacher, activist | Anurag Kashyap Director | Anurupa Roy puppeteer, director | Arati Ankalikar classical vocalist | Arundhati Ghosh arts support explorer | Arundhathi Subramaniam poet, translator, writer | Arzan Khambatta sculptor, seeker of the unexisting | Askari Naqvi artist, soz performer, lawyer | Astad Deboo dancer, educator, mentor, choreographer | Atul Dodiya artist | Atul Kulkarni actor | Atul Pethe actor, writer and director | Baiju Parthan visual artist, closet rebel | Basudeb Dasgupta dark matter aficionado | Ben Rivers theatre activist and practitioner | Bharati Kapadia visual artist, performer, out-of-the box innovator | Bhawana Somaaya critic, coloumnist and author | Bina Sarkar poet, curator, editor-deisgner-publisher | Bishakha Datta journalist, filmakre, activist | Burjor Patel producer, actor, dreamer | Dakxin Chhara ghumantoo natakbaaj, filmmaker | Danish Husain actor, poet, theatre director, story teller | D. Wood musician, guitarist, educator | Darshana Jhaveri Manipuri dancer, research scholar, pioneer | Deepa Khushlani scientist, perpetual traveller, reluctant realist | Deepak Modi molecular and cellular biologist | Debi Basu Odissi exponent, teacher, choreographer | Devashish Makhija director & poet | Devdutt Pattanaik mythologist, storyteller, author | Dhanashree Pandit-Rai acclaimed Thumri singer | Dilip Prabhavalkar actor, writer | Dr Jaikumar Radhakrishnan computer scientist and discrete mathematics enthusiast | Dr Sreelaja Nair biologist, Bharatanatyam dancer | Dr Vijayaraghavan scientist, amateur guitarist | Dr. Arnab Bhattacharya scientist, educator | Dr. Jyotishman Dasgupta Teacher | Faisal Abu Alhayjaa Director, Actor | Falguni Desai kabir festival organiser, lawyer, seeker | G Ravindra Kumar laser player, scientist, educator | Gauri Sharma Tripathi Kathak Dancer, Student of Dance | Geetanjali Kulkarni actor, facilitator, dreamer | Gieve Patel poet, painter, playwright | Gitanjali Rao animator, painter, imaginator | Gopal MS photographer in digital disguise | Gunduraju master pupeeteer | Hema Upadhyay visual artist | Hemant Chaturvedi cinematographer and tripper | Ileana Citaristi dancer, choreographer, guru | Indrajit Khambe photographer & poet | Indu Harikumar illustrator, recycler, story teller | Ira Mukhoty accidental historian | Jaimini Pathak Actor, Director, Founder of Working Title| Jerry Pinto perpetrator of words | K Ramachandran arts archivist, founder - Keli | Kalki Koechlin Actor, Writer, Explorer | Kanak Rele dance teacher, educationist | Kiran Nagarkar Novelist, Critic, Playwright | Konkona SenSharma actor, & director | Madhu Rye Gujarati fiction playwright, novelist | Madhusree Dutta accidental filmmaker | Mahan Mj geometer & topologist | Mahesh Dattani playwright | Mahesh Elkunchwar playwright, actor, screenwriter | Makarand Sathe playwright, novelist, theatre historian, architect | Makrand Deshpande actor, director, theatrewallah | Manav Kaul stage and film actor, director | Mandakini Trivedi dancer, teacher | Manoj Bajpayee actor | Mayuri Rege biologist, teacher, rhythmist | Manoj Joshi actor, director, producer | Meenakshi Shedde film curator, critic, journalist | Mithilesh Mishra biophycist & professor | Meenal Agarwal photographer | Mohan Agashe Psychiatrist, actor, director | MS Sathyu director, designer and filmmaker | Murali Ranganathan researcher, historian, writer | Mustansir Dalvi poet, translator, author | Naba Mondal scientist | Nagesh Bhonsle actor, producer, director | Nancy Adajania Cultural Theorist, Curator | Nandita Das actor, director, activist | Naresh Fernandes journalist, writer | Naseeruddin Shah actor | Naveen Kishore publisher, lighting designer, photographer | Navjot Altaf visual artist | Neena Kulkarni actor, column writer, director, producer | Nemai Ghosh photographer, theatre lover | Nina Sabnani animated filmmaker, visual ethnographer, lost traveller | Parmesh Shahani queer author, culture curator, fashion diva | Paromita Vohra filmmaker, writer, antakshari champion | Prabhakar Kolte Painter, Teacher | Prabodh Parikh Gujarati poet, short fiction writer and visual artist | Pradeep Mulye lighting designer | Prahlad Singh Tipaniya Kabir Follower, Folk Singer mentor | Prahladh Harsha theoretical computer scientist | Prakash Jha award winning film maker, producer and director | Preethi Athreya contemporary dancer, choreographer | Prasad Kambli theatre producer, hopelessly positive, innovative | Puja Sarup actor, director | Prof. Amol Dighe physicist, science educator | Prof. Ankona Datta scientist, molecular architect | K Sridhar Explorer of Spissitudes, Autopsychographer, Crossword Buff | Prof. Mayank Vahia Scientist, Professor | Prof. Paritosh Pandya Computer Scientist, Professor, Dean | Prof. Roop Mallik associate professor, scientist, motorman | Prof. Shiraz Minwalla theoretical physicist, professor, string theorist | Prof. Sudipta Maiti Scientist, Teacher, Commoner | Prof. Vidita Vaidya Scientist, communicator, dancer | Rahul Bose actor, director, Indian rugby player, activist | Rahul Ram musician & environmentalist | Raja Mohanty potter, scamster, nothing-do-er | Rajat Kapoor reluctant actor, theatre and film director | Rajit Kapur actor, director and producer | Rakesh Sharma documentary filmmaker, student of society and human behaviour | Rajeev Naik acclaimed scholar, short story writer, poet and theorist | Ram Rahman photographer, artist, activist | Ramdas Bhatkal publisher, wears many caps | Ramdas and Aparna Padhye ventriloqust, puppet maker and puppeteer | Ramu Ramanathan Playwright, Director | Randhir Khare Poet, Folklorist, Performer | Ranjit Hoskote storyteller, author, poet | Ratna Pathak Shah theatre and film actor | Ravi Subramaniam teacher, educator, scientist | Reena Kallat visual artist | Revati Laul journalist, filmmaker, compulsive contrarian | Riyas Komu curator, co-founder of Kochi Muziris Biennale | S. Anand publisher, anti-caste junkie | Saba Dewan filmmaker, writer, feminist | Sagar Shrivastava mathematician & origami enthusiast | Salil Tripathi free speech fundamentalist |Sambhaji Bhagat poet, singer, activist | Sampurna Chattarji writer, poet, wordsmith | Sandeep Juneja Applied Probabilist, Finance Mathematecian | Sandesh Bhandare photographer and director | Sandhya Koushika neurobiologist, explorer | Sandhya Sanjana Singer, Maker of Musical Bridges | Sanjna Kapoor theatrewallah, scuba diver | Sanjoy Ganguly founder of Jana Sanskriti, activist | Sankalp Meshram the compassionate cutter | Sarita Joshi actress | Sathya Saran compulsive writer, secret singer, indefatigable traveller | Satish Alekar playwright, director, actor | Savitri Medhatul Theatre Actor, Director, Filmmaker | Sawan Dutta musician, singer-songwriter, vlogger | Shabnam Virmani filmmaker, writer, singer, seeker, storyteller | Shafaat Khan writer, director and professor (Theatre Arts) | Shaili Sathyu theatre maker | Shakuntala Kulkarni visual artist | Shanta Gokhale Novelist, Theatre Historian, Translator | Shernaz Patel theatre, cinema, television actor | Shama Zaidi screenplay writer, art director | Shirley Abraham filmmaker | Sheena Khalid theatre maker | Shilpa Ranade book illustrator, image maker, artisan, researcher | Shubha Chaudhuri archivist, advocate & field worker | Shubha Mudgal musician, composer, performer | Shubha Tole neuroscientist, professor, principal | Shubhada Varadkar Odissi exponent, writer & choreographer | Shyam Benegal filmmaker | Sitanshu Yashaschandra Mehta poet and playwright | Simantini Dhuru documentary filmmaker, activist, researcher | Sonali Kulkarni film and stage actress | Sooni Taraporevala photographer, screenwriter, filmmaker | Sudhanva Deshpande actor, publisher, cyclist | Sudharak Olwe social documentary photographer | Sudhir Patwardhan contemporary painter | Sujoy Ghosh filmmaker | Sukant Saran artist of science | Suman Mukhopadhyay theatre and film director | Sunil Gawde Artist | Sunil Kothari dance historian, scholar and critic | Sunil Shanbag theatre director | Suresh Chandvankar deewana records wala, physicist | Sushama Deshpande actor, communicator, practicing theatre journalist | Swanand Kirkire lyricist, singer | Syama Sundar Ambedkarist, cartoonist, archiver | Terence Lewis dancer, choreographer | Urvashi Bahuguna poet, essayist | Utkarsh Mazumdar actor, theatre veteran | Varun Grover comedian, lyricist, screenwriter | Vehnon Ibrahim music professional | Vijay Kenkre Marathi Theatre Actor, Director | Vickram Kapadia actor, director | Vinita Navalkar astrophotographer, passionate researcher, adventurous traveller | Vinay Pathak theatre and film actor | Vivek Monteiro trade unionist, math educator | Yuki Ellias theatre maker | Zafar Karachiwala actor, intergalactic traveller, father | Zubin Driver playwright & theatre director