The National centre for the Performing Arts is the creative crest of South Mumbai's Skyline. A dominating figure at Nariman point, the NCPA has lent a helping hand in the promotion and preservation of Indian art and culture. Whether it's classical Indian as well as Western music and dance recitals, English, Hindi and regional theatre, art gallery, a centre for photography or reading and listening libraries, this centre has it all.
The NCPA was established because JRD Tata and Dr. Jamshed Bhabha envisioned the need for a world-class, all-encompassing centre for the arts. It counts among its mentors, leading lights in the arts, like Satyajit Ray and Yehudi Menuhin, and since it was built in 1969, several legendary artistes have performed here, lending it its iconic status.
The NCPA has five theatres (including the Tata Theatre, designed by the postmodernist American architect Philip Johnson), as well as galleries, libraries, restaurants, and reception spaces. Boasting the best-appointed auditoriums in India in terms of equipment and expertise, the NCPA frequently attracts major events from overseas and is ideally suited to host large productions, including fully-staged operas and ballets.