Mahindra Sanatkada Festival Year 2016
In 2016, the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival roamed the bylanes of Lucknow to shed light on the various cultural and social streams that culminate to shape what we know as Lucknow. With a theme of "Lucknow ki Rachi Basi Tehzeeb", the festival used oral, visual and experential storytelling techniques to shine light on the various communities that make up the kaleidoscopic, inclusive and rich culture of the region. The generous sharing of their stories, photographs and memorabilia resulted in a Mohalla exhibit, a book, short films and shaped the curation of the Festival. A special curtain raiser in the form of "Expressions of Muharram" set the tone for the festival that celebrates art, preserves traditions and blows away stereotypes. The Saher concert at dawn by Shubha Mudgal, accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan and Sudhir Naik, brought back the tradition of bringing in the sunrise with morning ragas. Bordering on the spiritual, the performance so enthralled the audience that it has now been made into a permanent feature of the festival. Dastangoi by Fouzia and Valentina, the fusion music of the Violin Brothers Deb Sankar and Jyoti Sankar Roy, a theatrical presentation based on the Yakshagana tradition, titled Akshyamabara by Sharanya Ramprakash, the traditonal Marathi Natya Sangeet and the sufi ballads of the folk-fusion band Char Yaar were the other notable presentations at the festival. The Homecooked Awadhi Food Festival was hugely popular as always, with a large number of regional, community specific recipes adding to the festival's flavour, apart from the old favourites that continue to bring in salivating fans. Community based documentary and feature films, discussions, heritage walks, craft demonstrations, competitions, baitbaazi, qissagoi and folk tunes, all combined to make up the free-spirited, inclusive, celebratory ambience that is the hallmark of the festival. The Crafts and Weaves bazaar showcased exquisite saris, fabric, readymade garments, durrees, dupattas, jewellery, and handicrafts. Weavers Studio saris and fabrics and Kanak Art silver jewellery from West Bengal, Rangsutra from New Delhi, Abdul Ibrahim Khatri from Gujarat, Malkha with purest organic cotton from Andhra Pradesh, Breeze with phool patti from Aligarh, Bhairavi and Serenity with chikankari were amongst those that were most appreciated.
Picture Gallery 2016
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