The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) was inaugurated on March 31 in Mumbai, marking the opening of the country’s first-ever multi-disciplinary cultural space.
Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani were joined by their children Akash and Shloka Ambani, as well as Anand Piramal at the grand opening.
The Centre is highly inclusive with free access for children, students, senior citizens, and the differently abled (divyang), and will strongly focus on community nurturing programmes, including school and college outreach and competitions, awards for art teachers, in-residency Guru-Shishya programmes, art literacy programmes for adults, etc. with an exquisite showcase of the best of India across music, theatre, fine arts and crafts to audiences from India and the world.
The Cultural Centre is home to a 2,000-seat grand theatre, a 250-seat studio theatre, and a 125-seat cube, all of which are equipped with cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line facilities. The event also saw the likes of Union Minister of Women & Child Development Smriti Irani, BJP MP Hema Malini, Sachin Tendulkar, Anupam Kher, Vidya Balan, Rajinikanth etc.
The grand opening of NMACC has attracted sports personalities, industrialists, and even global icon Gigi Hadid.
The launch programming features a specially curated art and craft exposition called ‘Swadesh’ along with three blockbuster shows – a musical theatrical called ‘The Great Indian Musical: Civilisation to Nation’; a costume art exhibition called ‘India in Fashion’ and a visual art show called ‘Sangam/Confluence’.
It is a first-of-its-kind space in the area of arts; the NMACC in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex is set to open its doors with a spectacular three-day launch from March 31. The building, which is housed within the Jio World Centre, has a trio of dedicated spaces for performing arts.
The Art House in the complex is a four-storey, 16,000 sq. ft. dedicated visual arts space that will display the works of visionary Indian and international artists. Designed to converge the outside with the indoors through a glass facade overlooking the Fountain of Joy, it provides nooks for creative thinking and immersive experiences.
The Dhirubhai Ambani Square is centred around the city’s prized fountain of joy; the square is a vibrant public space that is inspired by the spirit of Mumbai. The fountain features a mesmerising combination of water, fire, light and music that creates an unforgettable symphony.
Reliance Industries chairman, Mukesh Ambani, said, “I think that for this art and cultural centre, Nita has gifted not only to the city of Mumbai but India. It really marks Indias coming of age. In this new India and the new era that we have and we now have the infrastructure to produce world-class content we have the infrastructure to invite everybody else from the rest of the world to come to Mumbai.”
Speaking on the occasion, Nita Ambani said, “Bringing this Cultural Centre to life has been a sacred journey. We were keen to create a space for both promoting and celebrating our artistic and cultural heritage in cinema and music, dance and drama, literature and folklore, arts and crafts and science and spirituality. A space where we showcase the best of India to the world and welcome the best of the world to India.”
“An ode to our nation, the Cultural Centre aims to preserve and promote Indian arts. I hope our spaces nurture and inspire talent, bringing together communities from across India and the globe,” said founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani at the launch of NMACC.
She further said, “NMACC is envisioned as a platform to spotlight Indian arts and culture at its best, both for the audience and the artists. It is a truly inclusive centre for performers and visitors, for dreamers and creators, for one and all. With world-class infrastructure and robust programming, our aim is to make the arts accessible to everyone”.
Speaking on NMACC, Isha Ambani said, “The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre is so much more than a space – it is the culmination of my mother’s passion for arts, culture and her love for India. She has always dreamt of creating a platform that would be welcoming to audiences, artists, performers and creatives at large. Her vision for NMACC is to showcase the best of what India has to offer to the world and bring the world to India.”
On the occasion Reliance Industries chairman, Mukesh Ambani, said, “I think that for this art and cultural centre, Nita has gifted not only to the city of Mumbai but India. It really marks Indias coming of age. In this new India and the new era that we have and we now have the infrastructure to produce world-class content we have the infrastructure to invite everybody else from the rest of the world to come to Mumbai.”