South 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…
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…
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.
Spectator Sport 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.
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 In…
Live Music in Mumbai (Mumbai)

The 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 restau…
Live Performance in Kochi (Cochin)

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 Frid…
Theatre in Mumbai (Mumbai)

Prithvi Theatre

A Juhu institution that’s a great place to see both Hindi- and English-language theatre or an arthouse film, with the Prithvi Cafe for drinks. Its excellent theatre festival in November showcases contemporary Indian…
Performing Arts in Panaji

Kala Academy

On the west side of the city, in Campal, is Goa’s premier cultural centre, which features a program of dance, theatre, music and art exhibitions throughout the year. Many shows are in Konkani, but there are occasion…