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National Centre for the Performing Arts


The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation believes that it is necessary to support and promote young performers who otherwise find it difficult to find platforms to present their art. To this end, the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supported the NCPA in conducting self-sustainable events that give young classical music and dance artistes in Mumbai a platform to showcase their talent. The Foundation has also supported various performances at the NCPA that were representative of the rich and diverse culture of India’s performing arts.


To encourage young talent to pursue the rich Indian traditions of dance and music.


The Sufi Festival
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supported this two-day festival at the NCPA that showcased presentations by Shujaat Husain Khan, the Langa and Manganiar artistes of Rajasthan, as well as a Qawwali performance by Salim MohdChisti and Group.

UMANG, a festival by the NCPA, provided young artistes practicing traditional art forms with a platform in Mumbai, to present their art in front of an appreciative audience. The Foundation has supported this festival for more than three years, helping to uphold young talent in the classical field of performing arts and to make the event self-sustainable.

Living Traditions Baglar Utsav and Assam Bihu
This event featured traditional performing art forms from the Eastern states of Bengal and Assam. Artistes from DOHAR, a group of cultural activists based in Kolkata, performed a musical presentation of songs, poetry, dance and theatre.

Stories in a Song
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supported “Stories in a Song”, a play performed at the NCPA. This performance dealt with reviving Indian music and the play used theatre as a platform to tell the story of various musical forms such as kajri, thumri, dadra and khayal.

About the Organisation

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), in Mumbai, India, was established by Bharat Ratna J. R. D. Tata in 1969. India’s premier cultural institution, NCPA was the first multi-venue, multi-purpose cultural centre to be built in South Asia. The NCPA is committed towards establishing a national centre for the preservation and promotion of classical, traditional and contemporary performing and visual arts. The Centre also aims to establish, equip and maintain schools, auditoriums, libraries, archives, museums, studios, workshops and other facilities necessary to promote the arts.