A MUSICAL RE­VIVAL

India Today - - LEISURE -

What’s an opera house with­out opera? In a land with no opera tra­di­tion, it can serve as a con­cert hall, a dra­matic theatre, or a cin­ema hall. Com­pleted in 1916, for most of its 100 years of ex­is­tence the Royal Opera House (ROH) in Mum­bai has served as all of th­ese, be­fore even­tu­ally clos­ing down in 1993. Hav­ing been in­au­gu­rated by King Ge­orge V, Em­peror of In­dia, the on­ce­glo­ri­ous hall was re­duced to a derelict struc­ture.

It would have been con­signed to the dust­bin of his­tory, but for the in­ter­ven­tion of Jy­oten­dras­in­hji, scion of the erst­while royal fam­ily of Gon­dal, which has owned ROH since 1952. He com­mis­sioned its restora­tion in 2010 and the re­fur­bished Opera House re-opened last year. “We see it as a demo­cratic cul­tural and per­for­mance venue,” says Asad Lall­jee, cu­ra­tor of

MANDAR DEOD­HAR

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