Author Archives: admin

Pride of Lucknow Award

Besides Wajid Ali Shah award, the Pride of Lucknow awards were conferred on three distinguished luminaries. The Pride of Lucknow award for the contribution to Hindi literature was bestowed on author Shiv Murti. Born on March 11, 1950, Shiv Murti is one of the leading voices in contemporary Hindi fiction. Hailing from humble background, his … Continued

Pt. Birju Maharaj

Pt. Birju Maharaj

Lucknow Literature Festival (LLF) conferred Wajid Ali Shah Award on the noted dance guru Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji. Mr. Asif Ali Mirza, Mr. Mir Jafar Abdullah and the Founder & CEO of The Lucknow Literary Festival, Mr. Shamim A. Aarzoo accompanied him on the stage. Mr. Sunil Sunkara who is an internationally acclaimed performing artist … Continued

It happens for a reason – Preeti Shenoy

It happens for a reason – Preeti Shenoy

Best-selling author Preeti Shenoy took the limelight in the session, where her book ‘It Happens For A Reason’, a work enunciating the male perspective on human relationship, was launched. Preeti talked about her book and pointed out how relationships have transformed through technology and love letters have given way to Facebook posts and WhatsApp messages. … Continued

Your dreams are mine now – Ravinder Singh

Your dreams are mine now – Ravinder Singh

The event also witnessed the launching of Ravinder Singh’s new book ‘Your Dreams Are Mine Now’, followed by a discussion on his book and his experiences that led him to write. Ravinder is a noted author who shot to fame with his debut novel ‘I Too Had A Love Story’. The book was based on … Continued

Neeraj Ke Prem Geet – Gopal Das Neeraj

Neeraj Ke Prem Geet – Gopal Das Neeraj

The session was conducted in honour of Padma Bhushan author Gopaldas Neeraj and his compositions. Evergreen songs like ‘Khilte hain gul yahan, khil ke bikharne ko’, ‘Shokhiyon mein ghola jaaye’, ‘Mera Man Tera Pyasa’, ‘Rangeela re’ etc. evoked nostalgia among the audience. The session commenced with words of praise for Neeraj Ji by none other … Continued

Gender Sensitization

Gender Sensitization

Session on ‘Gender Sensitization, road block to child education and the role of Government and society’ in association with UNICEF. The session was presided by Niloufar Pourzand, Farah Usmani, Urvashi Sahni, Qaisra Shahraz and Sehba Ali. The panelists discussed the three key areas that have been pulling the society down, and that can be worked … Continued

The Lucknow Observer

The Lucknow Observer

Lucknow’s 1st Interactive News Magazine, The Lucknow Observer aims to first and foremost document and to preserve the rich cultural and literary heritage of Lucknow city. The objective is to remind and to return to contemporary citizens a historical legacy that belongs to them, to help transform that which is in a state of decay … Continued

Kathak

Kathak

Among many Indian Dance forms Kathak stands out being the most graceful dance form. In Lucknow, Kathak developed mainly in the court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. It was in this period that Lucknow gained maturity and perfection. The Lucknow Gharana of Kathak dance is characterised by graceful movements, elegance, precision and delicacy. Dance type … Continued

Dastangoi

Dastangoi

Abdul Halim Sharar in Guzishta Lucknow calls this art as ‘extemporaneous composition’. The development of Urdu language in Lucknow was not only limited to letters and court culture. Contributions were made at all levels of society which caused the language to improve, broaden and assume new aspects which were sources of interest to all classes. … Continued