For a country like India, there is no dearth of a history laden with culture and traditions. Every state in this humongous country is brimming with so many artists who are still dedicated to make their innumerable cultures and traditions known to the rest of the country and the world. One of the most important assets that the country has is definitely it’s stronghold on music, dance and arts and every state takes some kind of measures to get their artists’ voices heard.
Given the recent state of the artists in our country, it is impossible for a person to make a living by solely pursuing arts, be it music, dance, painting, crafts, etc unless they are rich. The ancient cities of Delhi, Banaras, Lucknow and so many more are filled with artists who have so much potential and talent but because of economical or social reasons, are unable to showcase their talent in front of the world.
1. What, When, Where?
This year, the Mahotsav will take place for 12 days from 27th January to 7th February, 2016. This entire festival is organized by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department and Lucknow District Administration. The idea is to basically set up a fair, where various craftsmen from other states can come and display their work and sell them as well. The objective of the Lucknow Mahotsav is to present a picture of the composite culture of the entire country and not just Uttar Pradesh.
2. The spirit of the festival !
The Lucknow Mahotsav in Uttar Pradesh celebrates this spirit of our heritage and our unique traditions and the spirit of the artists who make sure that the light at the end of the tunnel keeps burning bright. A festival of epic proportions in celebration of the rich history of the Awadh is a great initiative. A time out for the people of Lucknow to indulge in their own legacy along with having a day or two out with friends and family is a much needed stress buster too. A long line of singers, musicians, actors, dancers have graced the history of this state since a long time now.
3. Tehzeeb, Qawwali and Thumri !
Lucknow Mahotsav is organized every year to showcase the tehzeeb of Lucknow and its living culture which provides an insight into the cultural workings of the city. A fun-filled event lined up with colourful processions, Kathak dance performances in the famous Lucknow gharana style, traditional drama, and musical recitals along with qawwali and thumri create a festive atmosphere.
4. Watch, Shop, Play !
As a means to remind the people of Lucknow of its bygone Nawabi days, unique events like ekka races, cock fighting, kite flying and other traditional village games are also organized. Works of the local craftsmen are also showcased on this event and local talents are also given a platform to display their specialities. At the end of the day the purpose of the event is to capture the undying spirit of the Awadh in all its elegance and splendor.
5. and the best part… Food ! (Read: Biryani, Thandai and Kebabs)
Stalls selling Nawabi cuisine ranging from vegetarian delicacies to equally mouth-watering non vegetarian ones are also set up at the fair for the complete royal feel. Mahotsav is a great event for food connoisseurs for the Thandai to Kesaria doodh, Kabab-parathas and every other Lucknawi delicacy that comes to your mind are there at the most affordable prices.
6. Getting there !
The Tourism Department is considerate enough as it usually provides buses for the public’s convenience. The ground is also ensured to be safe with CCTV cameras for the ones who are visiting the festival to have a good time.
So, if you plan to visit Lucknow during this time, you should make sure to block your dates for the amazing experience that Lucknow Mahotsav is guaranteed to provide you. After all, an evening spent remembering the proud legacy and history of our country is not something that we do every day.
7. Entrance Fee and Online Tickets?
The entry fee to the fair is usually a mere sum of Rs 10. You can get tickets and see the festival schedule here www.lucknowmahotsav.in
For, a city like Lucknow, where a slow and steady pace of the people living there gives it a sort of a poetic charm, indulgence into a happy and fun-filled day relishing the innocent lyrics of the timeless classics and the heart-warming sound of ghungroo gives Lucknow an entirely different vibe all together. Don’t miss out on this incredible walk down the memory lane!