Come away with us to discover mehfil, mehman nawazi and the magic of a teeming metropolis steeped in history: Lucknow, where poems write themselves. On our way, we will meet:
An evening with Muzaffar Ali and Meera, with a private screening of his 1981 masterpiece, ‘Umrao Jaan’, followed by dinner at their beautiful home.
A conversation on Lucknow’s colonial architectural heritage with celebrated conservation architect and 2017 UNESCO award winner, Abha Narain Lambah, in the library of the iconic La Martiniere College.
An audience with the chikankari masters of Qila Saaz, a non-profit collective founded under the patronage of the royal family of Mahmudabad.
National School of Drama alumnus Ajay Kumar performs ‘Bada Bhaand’, a solo performance of a rare art form known as Katha Gyaan.
Qissa Goi with our personal circle of Lucknow-walas, who walk us through its labyrinthine stories, as we traverse the old city’s bazaar all set up for the annual Lucknow Sanatkada Festival, which celebrates the city’s art and cultural heritage.
An Awadhi chef’s table marinated in impeccable Lucknavi mehman nawazi at a family home.
A heritage walk through the city and its monuments (Bada Imambara and British Residency) with a local historian.
A special viewing of rare coins, maps and antiquarian books of the region from the Sarmaya archives.