Here's our guide to Independence Day events in Mumbai.
Independence Day Specials
>> Footsteps to Freedom (August 15)
Go on a trail of historic landmarks of Mumbai. Explore monuments that were significant in the revolt of 1857 and the non-cooperation movement, and sites where the principles of Ahimsa (non-violence) took shape in Mumbai.
Where: August Kranti Maidan (meeting point)
Call: 98200 25496 | Entry: Rs 150
>> Shehnaai Recital (August 15)
Enjoy a concert by Pt Shailesh Bhagwat, a leading Hindustani classical shehnai instrumentalist. The performance will include his composition of a new raga, the rendition of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, and the national anthem, as an ode to the spirit of Independence.
Where: Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 2496 4676 | Tickets: Rs 200
>> The Bombay Canteen Feast (August 15)
Eat till you’re full, and pay what you feel like. This feast that promises regional Indian flavours served up canteen-style. The collection from the feast will be donated to the Teach For India initiative.
Where: The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Call: 4966 6666
When: 12pm to 3pm
>> Freedom Concert (August 16)
Celebrate Independence Day with Shubha Mudgal, the queen of pop fusion melodies. She will perform hits such as Ab Ke Saawan and Seekho Na.
Where: Birla Matoshree Sabhagriha, Vithaldas Thackery Marg, New Marine Lines
Call: 2203 6707 | Tickets: Rs 500 onward
>> Blues N Jazz (August 14)
Enjoy a performance by jazz musicians from around the world, including artistes from UK, Cyprus, Netherlands and Italy. The band’s lead vocalist, Sietske Roscam Abbing, is an internationally acclaimed jazz musician from Amsterdam. The concert will be her only live performance in India before she starts her global tour.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Call: 6622 3737 | Tickets: Rs 300 onward
>> Grahan and Free Style Gawahi (August 15)
Attend two plays that critique the Indian education system and the judicial proceedings in India. The stories will use comedy to represent the helplessness of the common man.
Where: Mysore Association Auditorium, Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga (E)
Call: 2402 4647 | Tickets: Rs 100 onward
>> Dastangoi (August 15)
Experience Dastangoi, the ancient art of Urdu storytelling. The artistes will enact two stories — Dastan-e-Chouboli, a story of a princess and her suitors, and Dastan-e-Bachpan, the story of Amir Hamza and his friend Amar, who is a spy.
Where: The Jeff Goldberg Studio, Hill Road, Bandra (W)
Call: 75069 06927 Tickets: Rs 200 onward
When: 7.15pm onward
>> The God of Carnage (August 15 and 16)
Set entirely in an onstage living room, the play is about two sets of parents who meet after their children get into a fight at the park.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Call: 6622 3737 | Tickets: Rs 300 onward
>> Chai and Why? — The Enigma of Pluto (August 15)
Attend a talk by Prof Mayank Vahia, a scientist working at TIFR. He will shed light on how NASA’s New Horizon mission has altered our understanding of Pluto, a planet that was demoted from our solar system.
Where: Ruparel College, Senapati Bapat Marg, Mahim
Call: 2430 3733 | Entry: Free
When: 11am to 1pm
>> Bunting (August 15 and 16)
This exhibition showcases experiential artwork. The collection includes Yogesh Barve's 3D sculptures and Tejswini Sonawane's woodcut sculpture, that represents her experiences in Dharavi. On till August 25.
Where: Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, G Talwatkar Marg, Fort
Call: 2200 0211 | Entry: Free
When: 11am to 7pm
>> Gangalahari (August 15 and 16)
This exhibition by Ganesh Hire is a tribute to the Ganges and other rivers of India. His paintings represent the various qualities Indian culture attributes to rivers.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Call: 2284 3989 | Entry: Free
When: 11am to 7pm
>> Glorious India (August 15)
Travel across India through a series of photographs captured by Delhi-based photographer, Rupinder Khuller. The exhibition will showcase Kashmir — The Pageant of the Seasons, 501 Images of Taj Mahal and Splendours of Rajasthan, among others. On till August 31.
Where: Dinodia Photo Gallery, opposite INOX, Nariman Point
Call: 2204 4013 | Entry: Free
When: 11am to 6pm
>> Trek to Sagargad (August 15 and 16)
Enjoy the monsoon with an overnight trek to Sagargad Fort and Vanartok Pinnacle. The fort traces its history back to Shivaji's reign in 1655 AD. Vanartok Pinnacle, a trekker's delight, is an independent peak off the main plateau on the southern side of the fort.
Where: Sharda Cinema, Dadar (E) (assembly point)
Call: 99871 21415 | Price: Rs 950 per person
When: 11.30pm (assembly time)
>> Choir Performance (August 15)
Catch a performance by choir by the students of The Happy Home And School for the Blind. Cheer for them as they perform songs such as Woh Bharat Desh Hai Mera and Sare Jahaan Se Achha.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla
Call: 2373 1234
Entry: Rs 10 onward
When: 11.30 am to 12.30pm
>> Cultural Diversity (August 15)
Experience the rich culture of India by indulging in a multi cuisine soiree prepared by by Master Chef Shahnawaz Qureshi. The menu includes regional flavours such as Mutton Sukkha from Maharashtra, Chicken Pepper Fry and Avial from Kerala and rich Butter chicken from Punjab among others.
Where: Lotus Cafe, JW Marriot, Juhu
Call: 6693 3277
Price: Rs 2,950 onward
When: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
>> Special Dessert Menu (August 15)
Enjoy desserts such as a mix of chocolate mousse with hazelnut paste in Hazelnut Mouse Pastry and a blend of mango pulp with sweet chili sauce in a Mango Chilly Parfait. The deserts will be presented in the colours of the Indian tricolour.
Where: Sin The Pastry Shop, Hotel Marine Plaza, Churchgate
Call: 3015 1375
When: 10am to 10pm
>> Special Thali (August 15)
Enjoy the rich flavour of a Rajasthani cuisine with a dash of their royal hospitality. Gorge on delicacies such as Jodhpuri Gatta, Bajra Rotla and Ker Sangri Kofta among others.
Where: Rajdhani, Phoenix MarketCity, LBS Marg, Kurla (W)
Call: 98195 55204
Where: Rajdhani, R City, Ghatkopar (W)
Call: 3222 6074
Price: Rs 440 onward
When: 12pm to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11pm
>> Tri-coloured Macarons (August 15)
Enjoy a complimentary platter of special macarons prepared with rose petal, lemongrass and coconut to celebrate Independence day.
Where: Hakkasan, Krystal Building, Bandra (W).
Call: 2644 4444
Time: 12pm to 4pm and 7pm onwards
>> Longest Brunch Special (August 15)
Enjoy a host of specially curated experiences with exclusive discountsto celebrate the spirit of independence. Avail a 30per cent discount on BAR, a complimentary buffet breakfast and roll the dice and win up to 60% discount on the Longest Brunch Special
Where: Grand Hyatt, off Western Express Highway, Santacruz (E)
Call: 6676 1234
When: 11am to 11pm
>> Special Menu (August 14 to 16)
Enjoy the best of Indian cuisines in a soiree curated by Chef Sandeep Pande. The menu will consist of traditional Indian cuisines including Bengali, Punjabi and Goan. Dishes such as Machher Jhol, Rogan Josh and Haleem will be served.
Where: Lake View Café, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai
Call: 6692 7550
When: 12:00pm to 3:30pm
>> Punjabi Buffet (August 15 to 16)
Catch this specially curated buffet that will serve Punjabi cuisine. The menu includes Tandoori Murgh Ki Chaat, Tandoori Fish Tikka and Nalli Nihari among others. The desserts include the traditional Crispy Jalebi with Lachcha Rabri and Ras Malai.
Where: Made In Punjab, Inorbit Mall, Malad (W)
Call: 6671 1187
Price: Rs 650 onward
When: 12pm to 4pm
>> Nawab Special Buffet (August 15)
Celebrates the joy of freedom with this buffet that offers a wide range of dishes from the 1940's like Nawabi Shorba, Bhajleli Macchi, Paneer Tikka Masala and Punjab Ki Pakoda Kadhi. Also enjoy desserts including the Bihari Malpua Rabdi and Kashmiri Phal.
Where: The High-Tide, The Resort, Madh Island
Call: 2844 7777
Price: Rs 1,500 per person
When: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
>> Special Dessert (August 15)
Enjoy an edgy tri-coloured dessert called Tiranga Halwa this independence day.
Where: Vedge, Fun Republic mall, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W)
Call: 6166 8906
Price: Rs 195
When: 11.30am to 11.00pm
>> Special Mocktails (August 15)
Tri Swadeshi Mocktail, a tricolour drink made from orange juice, sprite and khus syrup, to celebrate the patriotic spirit.
Where: Masala Zone, Santhal ONGC Complex, Bandra (W) / Masala Zone, Shivaji Park, Dadar
Call: 6565 8111
Price: Rs 120
When: 12pm to 12.30am