WHAT iS MSLF?

From the aesthetic finesse of our weaves and crafts on display, to the piquant plates of Awadhi cuisine; MSLF21 is a kaleidoscope of culture and charm. Join us in person and online for our carefully curated heritage walks and tours and traverse the living history of this phenomenal city. At night we bring you captivating performances or the enjoyable Qissa-Goi, gorge on fresh kulfis or a world famous kebab. Introduce your children to the kids’ corner or watch a film with friends. Feel enriched at the literary guftugu sessions and explore diversity & richness of the crafts bazaar for exquisite, hand-crafted products from around the country. Regardless of where you’re located, MSLF21 welcomes your presence.

DEDICATED
To Indira Mahindra

 

The Festival is dedicated to the Late Indira Mahindra, whose contribution to the Arts and Culture of Lucknow has left an eternal imprint 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 high spirits for life that was seen in all she did; whether it was for a larger social initiative or for a local group. Her sincere support for Indian art and culture was incomparable. She was an inspiration to her children, Anand, Radhika and Anuja Mahindra, and continues to be one, for all of us today. This festival was built upon the very principles that Indira Mahindra lived by, i.e., to bring together people from all walks of life and celebrate the deluxe culture of our country. We are honored to make the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival a tribute to this vibrant woman.

MISSION

Sanatkada is an intimate space, both real and virtual,  for craftspersons across the country. It is a feminist led and run marketing venture which seeks to bring crafts and weaves directly to second tier cities. We strive to be that space where craftspersons can interact  with their customers on an equal footing and understand each other in depth.

VISION

Sanatkada also believes that a city can be understood in multiple ways. The cultural heritage of Lucknow, both historical and contemporary, is as alive in its people, homes, bazaars, festivals, language, food and etiquette as it is in its monuments, music, literature, poetry, dance and story- telling traditions. We strive to continually explore, document, archive and present Lucknow.

SANATKADA

 

Sanatkada Weaves & Crafts Store

Sanatkada, is an Urdu word, that literally translates as ‘House of Art’. A space for people of diverse backgrounds and identities, Sanatkada is a feisty, cultural and creative non-profit with a social cause.

Sanatkada, a Weaves & Crafts store, located in Qaiser Bagh, Lucknow, brings weaves & handicrafts from across the country directly from craftsperson. The store is run by a group of dynamic young women from local marginalized communities.

SANATKADA TRUST

A social initiative dedicated to the empowerment of Dalit & Muslim women, the trust conducts an innovative leadership development programme. This provides girls with necessary tools & conviction to succeed as independent members of society. Using a three-pronged approach perspective building, information sharing & skill development.

Abdullah

Aisha

Anees

Anjum

Arti

Arundhati

Askari

Dr Zaheer

Hameeda

Jay shah

Master ji

Kahkashan

Lakshmi

Madhvi

Mamta

Meena Soni

Nagma

Nasreen

Nimra

Noor

Pramesh

RP Singh

Rabid

Rashida

Ritu

Rubina

Saira

Sajjan

Saleem

Saman

Sandhya

Tasveer

Radhika

Parveen


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