Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2018

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

Event: Literary Guftugu - In collaboration with Salempur House

The Guftugu sessions by prominent academicians, scholars, historians, activists, restorers and writers, will acquaint you with art, lifestyle, architecture, heritage and restoration of Lucknow. The theme of MSLF 2018 will be the focus of these sessions


Day 2, Saturday 3rd February 2018

Schedule - events for the day
10:30 AM La Martiniere College Literary Guftugu

# Sarmaya presents French Connection with the architecture of Awadh | Talk by Abha Lambah

♦  Abha Narain Lambah is the Principal of a conservation architectural consultancy firm based in Mumbai. Her practice has won 9 UNESCO Award citations for conservation and she has been a recipient of the Sanskriti Award, Eisenhower Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship.

♦  "Sarmaya" in our context, 'collective wealth'. Our passion is rediscovering and reimagining our tangible & intangible heritage. At Sarmaya, we endeavour to make art, heritage and culture more accessible, inclusive, engaging and educational. to bring our museum to life beyond the traditional confines of a conventional space. The Sarmaya collection ranges across categories as diverse as Numismatics to Cartography. It has been divided into seven keys genres - Numismatics, Photography, Folk & Tribal Art, Engravings/Etchings, Cartography, Rare Books and Modern and Contemporary Art.

12:00 Noon - Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# Claude Martin: The Gentleman Architect - Talk by Neeta Das

♦  Neeta Das is an architectural historian and conservation architect. She has several publications to her credit on the eighteenth and nineteenth century architecture of Lucknow. She has also authored a series of books for children, with the idea of sensitising children to the heritage of Lucknow and the pressing need for its conservation.

3:00 PM Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# How firangi were the first firangis in India? Talk by Jonathan Gil Harris


Day 3, Sunday 4th February 2018

Schedule - events for the day
11:00 AM Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# An Extraordinary Painting by Johann Zoffany at Lucknow - Talk by Naman Ahuja

♦  Naman Ahuja is an art historian and curator based in New Delhi. He is Professor of Indian Art and Architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where his research and graduate teaching focus on Indian iconography and sculpture, temple, architecture and Sultanate-period painting. He is also the Editor of Marg, India's leading quarterly magazine and journal on the arts, published from Mumbai.

4:00 PM Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# 'French Effect on Drama and Fiction in Awadh' - Shama Zaidi in conversation with Saman Habib

♦  Shama Zaidi is a screenplay writer, costume designer, art director, theatre person, art critic, and documentary film maker. She has been a part of some of the most iconic films in Hindi cinema, like Shatranj ke Khiladi, Umrao Jan, and Sardari Begum to name a few. Her work has won her accolades and awards for screenplay and dialogue.

♦  Saman Habib is a scientist at the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI). She enjoys literature and poetry. Has curated and performed in the 'Lucknow Letters' chronicaling Lucknow history through letters


Day 4, Monday 5th February 2018

Schedule - events for the day
12:00 Noon Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# Poets, Performers and Artists: The Patwas of Bengal | Talk by Ritu Sethi

3:30 PM Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# Book Release: Fida-e-Lucknow - Parveen Talha, translated by Sabiha Anwar, Discussants: Saeed Naqvi, Zakia Mashhadi

The Panelists

♦  Parveen Talha was awarded the Padma Shri for her work in the Civil Services. In her book titled, Fida-e-Lucknow, she has written extensively on themes that explore the history, folklore, and the composite culture of Lucknow. Her latest book is titled A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories of Life's Realities.

♦  Dr. Sabiha Anwar served as the Principal of Karamat Husain Muslim Girls Post Graduate College for 12 years and as head of the Urdu Department of the same institution for 28 years. Besides authoring two collections of short stories, which brought her critical acclaim, she has published two books on literary criticism.

♦  Saeed Naqvi is senior journalist, television commentator and interviewer. He has interviewed world leaders and personalities in India and abroad. He has served as editor of the World Report, a syndication service on foreign affairs, and has written for several publications, both global and Indian.

♦  Zakia Mashhadi, with a degree in Psychology from Lucknow University, India, has worked in its Demographic Research Center for some time and also taught Psychology for six years at Loreto College. She has published four collections of short stories so far and has also published several books of translated fiction


Day 5, Tuesday 6th February 2018

Schedule - event for the day
3:30 PM Salempur House, Qaiser Bagh Literary Guftugu

# Book Release: The Lucknow Cook Book by Chand Sur and Sunita Kohli, Discussants: Mehru Jaffer, Nasima Aziz, Indira Baptista Gupta. Moderated by: Parveen Talha

The Panelists

♦  Chand Sur was born in 1925 in Bahawalpur, brought up in Quetta, and married home was in Lahore. After the Partition, she settled in Lucknow. Chand Sur, an adventurous traveler, a voracious reader, an expert bridge player and an inventive cook and author. Her first cookbook, Continental Cooking for the Indian Palate was on the angrezi khana of Lucknow.

♦  Sunita Kohli is an interior designer and a leader in interior architectural conservation since 1971. She has specialised in hotels and public buildings. She was born in Lahore but brought up in Lucknow. She was conferred the Padma Shri in 1992.

♦  Mehru Jaffer is a journalist and author of The Book of Mohammad. She has taught Islam related topics at the University of Vienna, Austria and at the Vienna American Webster University. She has also authored The Book of Muinuddin Chishti and The Book of Nizamuddin Aulia 1, published by Penguin India.

♦  Nasima Aziz is a poet, author, and playwright. She has written a cook-book on vegetarian cuisine. She has an abiding interest in the history of Lucknow.

♦  Indira Baptista Gupta is a historian who belongs to Lucknow and was educated in this city. She has taught at Miranda House in Delhi and has served as editor of the journal of the Indian Council of Historical Research.

♦  Parveen Talha was awarded the Padma Shri for her work in the Indian Civil Services. In her book titled, Fida-e-Lucknow, she has written extensively on themes that explore the history, folklore, and the composite culture of Lucknow. Her latest book is titled A Word Thrice Uttered: Stories of Life's Realities.