Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2019

Event - Cultural Performances: Dance, Drama, Music

The festival is free for all. However, entry in the festival is by registration only. Join us for the festivities!

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Contact: 09936914134, 09415104361
E-mail: mahindrasanatkadalucknowfest@gmail.com


Day 1, Friday 1st February 2019

Schedule - all events for the day

11 am
# Weaves and Crafts Bazaar Opens

4 pm
Tahkhana, Main Chabutra Baradari
# Inauguration of Exhibition Husn e Karigari e Awadh

5 pm
Main Chabutra Baradari
# Inauguration of Festival - Dus Saal Bemisaal
# Qissa Goi by Valentina Trivedi
# Kuch Yadein Show curated By Rohini Killough

Valentina Trivedi is a avid storyteller for children and adults and Dastan Go.
Rohini Killough is a writer, feminist and been a vibrant part of the fashion industry.

8 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA
"Crazy just for the way I look." Reshma tells us that since she was a child she has been outspoken, opinionated, and striving for independence. Forcing a conversation on schizophrenia in particular and mental health in general, Val Resh, as she's known, is the co-founder of Mind Arcs and runs a creative initiative called The Red Door which uses social media to address the issues of mental health and mentally ill. Through the medium of mime, Reshma draws us into a hitherto unexplored world.

Founded in 2000, CREA is a international feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India.Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people.


Day 2, Saturday 2nd February 2019

Schedule - all events for the day

12 noon to 1pm
Awadh Crafts Bazaar, Entrance Chabutra, Baradari
# Workshop Kite Making with Tauseef
Rs 500 (includes materials)
Tauseef a national award winner in kite making from Rampur. He introduces us to techniques in kite making with different materials like paper and cloth. Open to children (above 8 yrs) adults and children

12.30 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

3 pm
# Lucknow Lectern - Salempur House
A Talk by Prof. P. Balaram
Prof. P. Balaram is among the foremost scientists of the country. A Padma Bhushan recipient, he is a former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he is Emeritus Professor. He was extensively engaged with the interface of science, education, ethics and society.

5 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Rehman Shah - Jaadugar
Kathputli Basti in Delhi is home to magicians, snake charmers, acrobats, singers, dancers, actors, traditional healers and musicians as well as puppeteers, and make up what it probably the largest congregation of street performers in the world. Rahman Shah exemplifies a dwindling genre of street magicians, bringing back memories of childhood.

6 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

7:00 pm
Salempur House
# Lucknow Letters
Saman Habib and Sanjay Muttoo
Illustrated Readings 'Lucknow in Letters: Endeavours, Achievements and Tragedies' is a multilingual (English/Urdu/Hindi) reading of personal letters written to/from Lucknow that provide glimpses of the living experience of the city since the 'Ghadar' of 1857 to present times. The event has been conceived as a labour of love for the city and its syncretic culture.

Saman Habib is a scientist at the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. She is passionate about literature and poetry.

Sanjay Muttoo is a media professional from Lucknow who now lives and teaches in Delhi.

9:30 pm
Lebua Lucknow Saraca Estate, 19 Mall Avenue
# Night Performances - Vijay Kumar and Party
Hum Bihar Mein Chunav Lad Rahe Hai
Vijay Kumar, Theatre Group Manch
In collaboration with Lebua Lucknow is a Luxury Boutique property, located in central Lucknow and conceptualised as a sprawling traditional bungalow. It reflects and personifies the "Art Deco" architecture prevailing in the early 1900's. This 1936 Bungalow has been lovingly restored to reflect the ganga jamuni tehzeeb of Lucknow.


Day 3, Sunday 3rd February 2019

Schedule - all events for the day

5.45 am
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Sahar: Dawn Concert by Shruti Sadolikar
Born in Kolhapur and trained in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of Hindustani classical music, a vocal exponent par excellence. Shruti Sadolikar Katkar is renowned for her versatility in performing a wide range of classical & semi classical music from thumri & tappa to natya sangeet, thereby continuing the legacy of her first guru, her father Wamanrao Sadolikar. She is the serving Vice Chancellor of Bhatkhande Deemed University.

12 noon to 1 pm
Awadh Crafts Bazaar, Entrance Chabutra, Baradari
# Workshop Kite Making with Tauseef
Rs 500 (includes materials)
Tauseef a national award winner in kite making from Rampur. He introduces us to techniques in kite making with different materials like paper and cloth. Open to children (above 8 yrs) adults and children.

12.00 noon
Main Chabutra, Baradari
Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

7 pm
Salempur House
# Qawwali by Mohammad Ahmad Khan Warsi and party, Rampur
Mohammad Ahmed Warsi is one of north India's finest traditional Qawwals. He and his team hail from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh that has been home to rich musical traditions, including classical institutions like Rampur-Seheswan gharana.

9:30 pm
Night Performances - Kala Kothi, home of the Khunkhunji Family
# Women of Rhythm
Ghatam performance by
Sukkanya Rajgopal and Sumana Chandrashekhar
Playing the ghatam in the Carnatic style, Sukanya Ramgopal & her student Sumana Chandrashekhar, have broken stereotypes & deep rooted notions of feminity in the classical space. Sukanya devised a unique reinterpretation of the instrument, and in 1994 she designed a performance concept she named 'Ghata Tharang', which involves playing six to seven ghatams of different shrutis to give it a broad melodic dimension. By pushing the limits of the ghatam, Sukanya has brought the ghatam and the ghatam player from the margins to the centre stage, giving both a new identity.

Evening in Collaboration with Kala Kothi, one of the most magical kothis built over 80 years ago on the banks of the River Gomti. Traditionally the summer house of the esteemed Khunkhunji family of Chowk Used as a home for learned sants and seers who would come to give discourses, and for innumerable family functions. The Kothi now refurbished is run by Bina Agarwal Khunkhunji as a space for weddings and functions.


Day 4, Monday 4th February 2019

Schedule - all events for the day

11 am to 1 pm
# School Tours of the Festival

12.30 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

3 pm to 5 pm
Karkhana, Baradari
# Workshop: Water Colour Painting with Chandrakanta Das
An introduction to painting in Watercolour "I will introduce them to the various methods of painting on paper: still life, wet on wet, and with caran d'ache pencil"
Chandrakanta Das is a restoration artist of repute and a painter with her trademark paintings of birds she has converted into stationary. She is from Lucknow and lives and works between Delhi, Mumbai, Ramgarh and Lucknow.

6 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

7 pm
Salempur House
# Jashn-e-Talat
Jashn-e-Talat celebrates the life and works of Bollywood playback singer and ghazal legend Talat Mahmood (1923-1998). Lucknow has the pleasure of listening to Dr. Radhika Chopra's distinct renditions, as she transports us back to the golden age of Bollywood and its haunting melodies. A commentary by Sahar Zaman.
Born and brought up in Jammu, Radhika started learning music at a very young age from Pt. J.R.Sharma and started performing on stage and for All India Radio Jammu. Faculty of music and fine arts, Delhi University for post graduation in Hindustani classical music. She topped the university and also did her M.Phil. And Ph.D. from the faculty itself. She learnt Thumri, Dadra and Ghazal from the most eminent guru, Smt. Shanti Hiranand, renowned disciple of Begum Akhtar.
Sahar Zaman is an India Independent Arts Journalist, newscaster, television anchor, art curator, creative entrepreneur, guest lecturer and jewelry designer. She is the founder of Asia first Web TV Channel on arts, food and travel 'Hunar TV'. She is the grand niece of Talat Mahmood.

9:30 pm
# Azam Ali ki Kothi
"Plan D" by Manjari Kaul
A Delhi based performer, director and teacher, Manjari is a Core Artist at DUENDE (an international performance ensemble), a graduate of the DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre and has a Masters degree from The School of Arts & Aesthetics (JNU). Her solo show, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" which has been previously performed in London, Athens, Delhi, Bangalore and Lucknow.

# Sheeba Iqbal will offer a dinner of Khichdra (both vegetarian and non vegetarian) before the performance.


Day 5, Tuesday 5th February 2019

Schedule - all events for the day

11 am to 1 pm
# School Tours of the Festival

12.30 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

6 pm
Main Chabutra, Baradari
# Nazariya Badlo - a Mime Show
Reshma Valliappan
Presented by CREA

7 pm
Salempur House
# Dastaan Live
Defying traditional definitions of classical genres, the band Dastaan Live fuses the visual & auditory to bring to its Lucknow audience, a foot stomping night. To quote lead guitarist Sumant Balakrishnan, "Art has the power to talk without preaching by playing with metaphors. It is evocative without being in your face."