Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival

A Festival of Dance, Drama, Cinema, History, Literature, Music and Cuisine
With a
Weaves & Crafts Bazaar
1st to 5th February 2019
11am to 10pm
Safed Baradari and Saleempur House, Qaiser Bagh

Entry in the festival is by registration only
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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 faculty. 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 of historical and cultural relevance to Lucknow. Using oral, visual and experiential storytelling techniques the festival celebrates the pluralistic, inclusive and unique traditions of the city. The theme is also reflected in the cultural performances, heritage walks, panel discussions, exhibititions, films and merchandise created for the festival. The festival theme for this year (2019) is based on husn-e-karigari-e-awadh. Shama, Basant, Pehnawa, Lucknow ke Bazaar, Feminists of Awadh, Filmi Duniya mein Awadh, Lucknow ki Rachi Basi Tehzeeb and Lucknow ki Reha'ish, Francisi Awadhi Ta'alluqaat (The French Connection with Awadh) were the themes in previous years.


The Theme of the festival this year (2019) is based on husn-e-karigari-e-awadh.


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