Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival
Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival
Launched in 2010, the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival is an annual event centred around a handicrafts exhibition and sale showcasing products made by artisans from across the country. The festival, which spans five days in the first week of February, also features talks, workshops, walking tours, book launches, exhibitions, film screenings and cultural performances.
Each year, the festival organised by the Sanatkada Trust, has a different theme that explores a specific aspect of Lucknow and defines its visual aesthetics and performances. These have included ‘Feminists of Awadh’ (2014), which spotlighted female icons from Lucknow; ‘Lucknow ki Rachi Bass Tehzeeb’ (2016), which celebrated the different communities that have enriched the city; and ‘Lucknowi Bawarchikhane’ (2022), which documented the different dishes of the region. This year, the theme of the festival is Raqs-o-Mausiqi meaning ‘time of music, pleasure and comfort’.
The speakers and performers of the previous editions of the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival were mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, scholar Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, singers Shubha Mudgal and Tajdar Junaid and the bands Alif and Indian Ocean.
The 14th edition of the festival is scheduled to take place in February 2023. This year, artists and performers at Mahindra Sanatkada Festival include Avahan-The Band, Kathak performance by Shinjini Kulkarni, a lecture on ‘Music Archiving’ by archivist Irfan Zuberi, tabla performance by Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and a conversation on ‘Influence of Awadhi Awadhi-Lucknowi influence on Indian Cinema—films, music and songs’ with Muzaffar Ali and Atul Tiwari. Other attractions at the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow festival include the Weaves and Crafts Bazaar, Heritage Walks, Literary Guftgu, food stalls showcasing the culinary traditions of the city, workshops, discussions, films, theatre and much more. With such a wide range of art offerings, this festival celebrates both the culturally-rich Awadh region, as well as the entire country.
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How To Get There
How to reach Lucknow
1. By Air: Lucknow Airport is located in Amau, about 15 kilometres from the city centre. Daily flights to Delhi and from Saturday to Saturday, Saturday, Mumbai, Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Patna and Ranchi, daily Varanasi.
2. By Rail: Lucknow is serviced by Northern and North-Eastern Railway Network, Charbagh Station, 3 km from the city centre.
3. By Road: Lucknow is on the intersection of National Highways 24, 25 and 28 running east, west and south. It is well connected with major cities like Agra (363 km), Allahabad (225 km), Calcutta (985 km), Delhi (497 km), Kanpur (79 km) and Varanasi (305 km).
- Food stalls
- Gendered toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items and accessories to carry
1. The weather is pleasant and dry in February with temperatures between 19 degrees and 28 degrees. We recommend airy, summer clothes.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. COVID packs: Sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate at the bare minimum are objects you should keep handy.
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