In Pics: Mumbai's Royal Opera House Ready For A New Beginning
Updated: October 16, 2016 09:13 IST
Mumbai's Royal Opera House, a baroque style heritage structure, is just days away from welcoming people once again in all its magnificence.
Inaugurated by King George V exactly a century ago, Opera House saw it's first play staged for the inauguration even before it was fully ready. It officially opened to the public on 16 October, 1916.
In 2004, the Royal Opera House was listed amongst the 50 most endangered monuments in the world by the World Monuments' Fund.
The 574 seater Opera House is the only one of its kind in India and owned by the Royal family of Gondal.
The iconic structure was privately owned, there was no provision or laws to receive funds from the Government for its upkeep. The Gondal family took a call to renovate it in 2009.
Part of the foyer at the newly renovated Royal Opera House. The chandelier is from philanthropist David Sassoon's home in Malabar Hill in erstwhile Bombay that came to the Opera house, though it's not known exactly how.