Mumbai Local Ready for Run

WHILE entertainment gives joy, it does not necessarily touch people's hearts. This realisation is at the core of Mumbai Local a neighbourhood art initiative by Junoon, co-founded by Sanjna Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar. With this, they are taking steps to provide an experience that brings various art forms and artists to the city's neighbourhoods. Both Kapoor and Iyengar emphasise that under Mumbai Local, they will hold sessions which are "interactive, engaging and intimate".

The initiative will take off in January across four partner venues Kitab Khana (Fort), MCubed Library (Bandra West), Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Byculla East), and Somaiya Vidyavihar (Vidyavihar East). The opening event has actor-director Rajat Kapoor engaging with the visitors at MCubed Library. The following events will have physicist Dr R Vijayaraghavan at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum on January 14, molecular biologist Dr Srilaja Nair at Kitab Khana on January 17, documentary filmmaker Ajay Naronha at MCubed Library on February 1, and drama-therapist Ben Rivers at Kitab Khana (February 21) and Somaiya Vidyavihar (February 28), among others.

"In each venue, there will be curated monthly programming in the arts and sciences to give regular participants a rich experience of diverse creative fields. Artists and scientists will share the magic of their chosen fields, the stories of their journeys, their searches, discoveries, experiments, efforts and inspirations, and the singular passion that drives their life and work," says Sanjna Kapoor, who stepped down as the director of Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, nearly two years ago, to launch Junoon.

Mumbai Local also intends to bridge the gap between achievers and the public. "These sessions with some of the greatest creative minds of the city will bring new content into the public realm and touch us with the passion that drives them," says Iyengar of the Mumbai Local sessions which are free for all.

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