August 21, marks the 100th birth anniversary of Dr Jamshed Bhabha, founder of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The Guide shares frames of how one man's foresight fuelled a thriving cultural centre in Mumbai
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Dr VK Narayana Menon, the first Executive Director of NCPA. Philip Johnson was the architect of Tata Theatre and Professor Cyril Harris was the acoustics consultant.
An aerial view of the NCPA taken in 1976. The NCPA is built on a reclaimed 8 acre area of the sea bought at the price of `2 per year for 99 years. Pics Courtesy/NCPA Archives
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, inaugurates the Tata Theatre on October 11, 1980. Other prominent people on the dias are JRD Tata, AR Antulay, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Sadiq Ali, Governor of Maharashtra
Dr Jamshed Bhabha at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre (JBT). The architect was Patell Batliwala Manohar and Associates. Work on JBT started in 1990 and the theatre was inaugurated in November 1999.