Mahindra Lucknow Festival
The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival draws its name and inspiration from the bygone culture of the Nawabs of Awadh, who ruled their domain from Lucknow in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the term “Lucknowi tehzeeb” refers to the old-world charm of their culture and lifestyle. In contrast to the fast pace of modern life, their culture possessed a certain poise and gentleness, valuing tradition and emphasizing the arts.
With the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival, we bring this culture back into the mainstream. Partnering with Sanatkad, a nonprofit crafts collective, we organize a crafts mela (exhibition) and performing arts extravaganza at the historic and beautiful Kaiserbagh Baradari Palace. Our first festival in February 2010 drew 100 craftsmen and over 1,000 attendees.
The festival brings together four days of art, music, dance, literature, and cuisine. Artisans and master craftsmen from all over India display their work, and folk musicians and dancers perform traditional pieces. You can also go on historic walks, attend literature and poetry sessions, and sample a mouth-watering array of gourmet dishes. From crafts to cooking, the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival is a celebration of art, culture, and history.