Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival

A Festival of Dance, Drama, Cinema, History, Literature, Music and Cuisine
With a
Weaves & Crafts Bazaar
3rd to 7th February 2017
11am to 10pm
Baradari, Qaiser Bagh

Festival supported by Sadbhavana Trust

Free entry
It is open to all and free of charge.

Dedication to Indira Mahindra

This Festival is dedicated to the Late Indira Mahindra, whose contribution to the arts and culture of Lucknow has left an everlasting stamp on the city. Indira Mahindra was born in Allahabad but spent her childhood and the majority of her adolescence in Lucknow. She attended Isabella Thoburn College, which she later joined as a history professor. She authored and published four books and was also featured in the Bollywood film Kaali Ghata while in Mumbai. She had a zest for life that was seen in all she did-whether it was for a large social initiative or a local group-her fervent support for Indian art and culture was unparalleled. She was an inspiration to her children, Anand, Radhika and Anuja Mahindra, and continues to be one to all of us today. This festival was built upon the very principles that Indira Mahindra lived by-to bring together people from all walks of life and celebrate the rich culture of our country. We are honored to make the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival a tribute to this vibrant woman.

About the Festival

From the beautiful array of weaves and crafts to the scrumptious plates of Awadhi cuisine-the festival is a kaleidoscope of culture and charm. Come during the day for heritage walks and tours to explore the living history of this marvelous city or come at night for soul-stirring performances or a leisurely Qissa Goi, a delicious qulfi or those heavenly kebabs. Bring your children to the kids' corner or bring your friends for a film. Come take part in the literary Guftugu (interactions) to discuss, understand and clarify your world view with noted authors, historians and litterateurs or explore the crafts bazaar for exquisite, hand-crafted products from around the country. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival has something for everyone.

The Festival Theme

Every year we choose a theme that aims to highlight and document the rich cultural, historical and social fabric of this multihued city. Using oral, visual and experiential storytelling techniques the festival celebrates the pluralistic, inclusive and unique traditions of Lucknow and its famed Ganga - Jamuni Tehzeeb. This theme is also reflected in the cultural performances, heritage walks, panel discussions, exhibits, films and merchandise created for the festival. Shama, Basant, Pehnawa, Lucknow ke Baazar, Feminists of Awadh and Filmi Duniya mein Awadh and Lucknow ki Rachi Basi Tehzeeb were the themes in previous years.

Lucknow ki Reha'ish (Homes of Lucknow) is the theme for this year's festival in 2017. Every home represents a story that has contributed to Lucknow's special history and showcases a sliver of its past. To bring these stories to light, we have spoken with people all over the city in their homes and documented their histories through photographs and films.

At the festival, you can experience the theme first hand. We will be hosting heritage walks and tours so you can visit the homes that we have documented for the festival. We will also launch a book as well as short film screenings so you can read about and hear the stories of these homes told by the people who live there. This year, there is also a stunning exhibit that is designed to immerse you in the architecture of Lucknow and allow you to engage with the unique designs of the city. A city wide photography and sketching competition is also a first for this year.

Welcome to the Festival