V&A home page
Introduction Posters Film stars

FILM SCREENINGS
Lecture Theatre, 14.00
This series offers an insight into the art of Bollywood filmmaking: stunning stage sets, dramatic locations, beautiful costumes and fantastic song and dance routines. All have English subtitles. Free entry, no booking - limited seating allocated on a first come basis.

Mother India (1957)
Sunday 28 July
Running time 163 mins. Courtesy of Eros International

A National epic; this film is about the forces of tradition and destiny. Radha, a young bride struggles against a series of gruelling trials against man and nature to become the revered 'Mother' of her village.

Awara/The Vagabond, (1951)
Sunday 4 August
Running time 168 mins. Courtesy of R.K. Films

Renowned for its elaborate sets and stunning dream sequence, this classic film features two great stars, Raj Kapoor and Nargis, and tells of the romance between a man brought up in the Bombay slums and his childhood sweetheart, the Judge's daughter.

Bombay (1995)
Sunday 1 September
Running time 150 mins. Courtesy of Ayngaran

A recent 'classic', famed for its musical score and cinematography. Set against the communal riots of 1992, a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl elope to Bombay to find themselves swept up in the violence that engulfs the city.
Some scenes not suitable for young children.

Hoarding painting
Hording painting

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Drop-in events for families
All in Gallery 63 unless stated otherwise.

Hoarding painting demonstration by Balkrishna Art
Wednesday 26 June 10.00-13.00, Thursday 27 June 14.00-17.00, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
A chance to watch and talk to the hoarding painters at work.

Collage poster-making workshop
Saturday 20 July
11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Make your own Bollywood-style poster using photocopied images from the posters on display.

Bollywood dance workshop
Sunday 21 July
40-minute presentations at 14.00 & 15.30
A chance to join in, as Bollywood choreographer Honey Kalaria gives a practical introduction to Bollywood dance.

Bollywood Brass Band
Wednesday 24 July
30-minute performances at 14.00,15.00,16.00 and 18.00. In the Pirelli Garden.
The internationally-acclaimed Bollywood Brass Band perform a selection of Indian Filmi music by composer A. R. Rahman and others.

Hording painting

Bollywood puppet show
Tuesday 13 August
25-minute presentation at 14.30 & 15.30
Children from the St Peter's Bengali Association perform a Bollywood tale with puppets they have made.

Bollywood storytelling
Thursday 29, Friday 30 & Saturday 31 August
11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Hear stories relating to Bollywood films, with the opportunity for children to dress in character.

Jewellery-making workshop
Sunday 1 September
11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Make jewellery based on the style of Bollywood costumes.

Puppet show

Drop-in events for adults

Indian costume production demonstration
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September
14.00-17.00. Gallery 63.
Anita Choudary demonstrates the techniques used to create both replica courtesan costumes and those worn by contemporary dancers.

BSL interpreted talk for deaf people
Wednesday 25 September, 18.30
An introductory talk about the exhibition, by curator, Divia Patel.
Meet in rear of Cromwell Road entrance hall

Gallery talk
Sunday 29 September, 13.00
An introductory talk about the exhibition, by curator, Divia Patel.
Meet in rear of Cromwell Road entrance hall.

Activity in the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art

Bookable events for adults

Gala Concert by sitar maestro Ustad Nishat Khan
Monday 8 July, 19.00-21.30. Lecture Theatre.
The V&A celebrates the 25th anniversary of
Ustad Nishat Khan's debut in Europe with a sitar performance,
demonstrating the great musical heritage of this instrument.
Tickets: £25 including interval refreshments. To book call 020 7942 2209.


Indian dance study day
Saturday 3 August, 10.30-16.45. Lecture Theatre.
An introduction to Indian dance concentrating on the South Indian classical dance form of Bharata Natyam. Lectures, film excerpts and demonstrations explore the rich history of this dance form, and its revival and influence through film.
Tickets: £28 full; £22 Senior Citizens, Friends and Patrons of the V&A; £7.50 students; £5 Registered disabled people, ES40-holders. A free place is available to a carer accompanying a registered disabled person. For full details and to book call 020 7942 2209.

Hindi speaking exhibition hosts
Exhibition hosts will be available at weekends. Advance booking is advisable; call 020 7942 2196.

FRIDAY LATE VIEW
Shhh!!…….It's Bollywood
Friday 30 August, 18.30-22.00
An evening of musical delights, film screenings, special guests and more. Includes late night opening of Cinema India and a talk by artist Catherine Yass.

Tickets: £5 advance bookings; £7.50 at the door.
Advance bookings 020 7942 2211.
For online bookings click the logo. Shhh!! Bollywood Babylon link

Back to top of page