India entertainment

Top Choice Opera in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Royal Opera House

India's only surviving opera house reopened to suitably dramatic fanfare with a 2016 performance by Mumbai-born British soprano Patricia Rozario, after a meticulous six-year restoration project that saw the regal ad…
Top Choice Jazz in Pune

Shisha Cafe

It's a magical atmosphere anytime, but live jazz Thursday nights at alfresco Shisha are a Pune institution. Snuggle up on Iranian-style lounges downstairs or reserve a seat at a marble table under hanging Arabian ca…
Top Choice Cinema in Jaipur

Raj Mandir Cinema

Just off MI Rd, Raj Mandir is the place to go to see a Hindi film in India. This opulent cinema looks like a huge pink cream cake, with a meringue auditorium and a circular foyer somewhere between a temple and Disne…
Top Choice Live Music in Gangtok

Cafe Live & Loud

Gangtok's most happening music bar bathes its drinkers in a tsunami of sound Wednesday to Friday evenings, when live bands typically crank out rock or alternative-pop sets from 7.30pm (cover ₹300). Saturday nights t…
Theatre in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Kingdom of Dreams

An entertainment extravaganza, Kingdom of Dreams offers live Bollywood-style shows that are out-and-out sensory assaults. Performances are supported by world-class techno-wizardry, as the cast swing, swoop and sing …
Arts Centre in New Delhi

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

A hub of cultural and artsy seminars, exhibitions and performances housed in a well-located, landscaped sprawl not far from India Gate. Frequented by culture vultures for a regular fix of classical and vocal recital…
Live Music in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Someplace Else

This nightclub has been steadily promoting live music in Kolkata since the mid-1990s. Acts perform nightly, although you'll have to be lucky to catch some original music. Most are cover bands who belt out regulation…
Dance in Udaipur

Dharohar

The beautiful Bagore-ki-Haveli hosts the best (and most convenient) opportunity to see Rajasthani folk dancing, with nightly shows of colourful, energetic Marwari, Bhil and western Rajasthani dances, as well as trad…
Cultural Program in Kolkata (Calcutta)

ICCR

This state-run cultural melting pot is a large, multilevel operation that regularly hosts exhibitions, dance shows, recitals and lectures in its many galleries and auditoriums. The programs are often free, and snack…
Cinema in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Liberty Cinema

The stunning art deco Liberty was once the queen of Hindi film – think red-carpet openings with Dev Anand. It fell on hard times in recent years, but is on the rebound and is now hosting films again. It's near Bomba…