Lucknow: Many facets of its artistic legacy

“Art is humanity’s most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature.

We live in a dangerous, interdependent world, and today’s students need to hear not just the language of politics and propaganda; they also need to learn languages that transcend the intellectual and ideological barriers that distrust truth and suffocate the human spirit.

Now more than ever, our children need to see clearly, hear acutely, and feel sensitively through the exquisite language of the arts.”

-Ernest L. Boyer, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

As a part of our series on Lucknow, in preparation to our tour to the City later this month, we shall conduct a series of small presentations touching upon some of the facets of artistic life in Lucknow or the region of Awadh, that made this culture reach its zenith and leave a mark for centuries to come.

Presentation on Kathak by Hasitha Reddy, Courtesans of Awadh by Divya Gulechha, Chikankari prepared by Poornima Ganta and presented by Chetna Ramachandra, and also introductions to Pigeon Flying, the art of Dastangoi, Calligraphy and finally ending with that one art that binds us all above others – gastronomy!

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