Top ChoiceOpera 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...

Top ChoiceJazz 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...

Top ChoiceCinema 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...

Top ChoiceLive 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Live Music in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Humming Tree

This popular warehouse-style venue has bands (starting around 9pm), DJs and a rooftop terrace. The cover charge is anything from zero to ₹300. There's a good finger-food menu and happy hour until 7pm.

Comedy in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

People & Co

A restaurant and bar with comedy nights every evening, usually from around 7.30pm. Some nights are free. Bigger names bring a cover charge (from ₹500). Check the website for listings.

Live Performance in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

Habitat World

This is an important Delhi cultural address, with art exhibitions, performances and concerts, mostly free. Check the website for events.

Cricket in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

A mecca for cricket-lovers, hosting many matches per year. Check online for the schedule of tests, one-dayers and Twenty20s.

Live Performance in Jaipur

Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani, meaning ‘special village', is a mock Rajasthani village 20km south of Jaipur, and is a fun place to take kids. There are open-air restaurants where you can enjoy a tasty Rajasthani thali, plus a...

Theatre in Mumbai (Mumbai)

National Centre for the Performing Arts

This vast cultural centre is the hub of Mumbai’s highbrow music, theatre and dance scene. In any given week, it might host experimental plays, poetry readings, photography exhibitions, a jazz band from Chicago or...

Cultural Program in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Nandan Complex

This complex is made up of the auditoriums and theatre halls at Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha and the central Nandan Cinema. Apart from sundry cultural programs through the year, the complex also hosts the popular...

Live Music in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Quarter

The Royal Opera House's signature entertainment venue (besides the Opera House itself, that is), the Quarter counts unique spaces like an airy, glass-fronted cafe and mozzarella bar, a Creole-cuisine-inspired...

Live Performance in Kochi (Cochin)

Kerala Kathakali Centre

Kerala Kathakali Centre

In an intimate, wood-lined theatre, this recommended long-running arts centre provides a useful introduction to Kathakali. It also hosts performances of kalarippayat (4pm), classical music (8pm to 9pm Sunday to...

Spectator Sport in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Eden Gardens

The vast Eden Gardens hosts international cricket matches, and is the home ground of the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team. Until some years ago, when a renovation cut its seating by half, it was billed as the...