Category Archives : Lucknow Culture

Culture (Tehzeeb) of Lucknow


Seven Things You Should Know About Lucknow

Prevent Culture Shock! Seven Things You Should Know About Lucknow And Its People! Ask any Lucknowite what they miss the most about the city and they are likely to whip out a long list. Getting used to the different dialects and comparing everything you eat to the taste back home (especially if you are a […]

Picture of Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow by the night

Picture of a dastangoi storytelling session in progress at Lucknow

Dastangoi Aam aur Awaam ke Naam

Oblivious to the scorching heat and troubles of mundane life, there they sat, a group of like minded people, eating the choicest mangoes in the aura of poetry and traditional storytelling i.e. Dastangoi.   Nothing less than soul pleasing was the event ‘Aam ki Daawat aur Dastangoi’ organised by a  group of literature and culture […]


Book Release: Lucknow Ka Coffee House 1

    Indian Coffee House at Hazrat Ganj in Lucknow used to be esteemed hangout place for Lucknow’s celebrities from the yesteryears. Any mention of Lucknow’s history would be incomplete without a reference to the Indian Coffee House. The place has been like a second home to poets, writers, critics, scholars, intellectuals, and stalwarts from […]


A tray full of dates for fast breaking during Ramzan or Ramadan

Holy month of Ramzaan ushers in Happiness, Festivities

  Though Lucknow is known for its easy- going pace and its leisurely Nawabi way of life, it is during the holy month of Ramadan that the city comes alive in full zest. The city, especially areas in old Lucknow witness unparalleled activity during the entire holy month. More than just about festivities around Iftar […]


An ode to the city’s cultural roots: Open Mics in Lucknow

Open mics in lucknow are occupying good space on the events calendar in Lucknow. As a multi-cultural city, Lucknow was always the culture capital of India ever since the era of the Kings and the Nawabs. Music, dance and poetry (sher-o-shayari) reached their peak under royal patronage. Even today, Lucknow occupies an important place as […]


A Delightful Evening – 5th annual Wajid Ali Shah Festival 2018

Rumi Foundation, especially its Lucknow Chapter has always been devoted to the promotion of culture and communication arts through festivals, symposiums, publications and films. The Foundation’s flagship event is the annual Wajid Ali Shah Festival which was recently organised in the city at Dilkusha Palace on 25th March. The festival has always been supported by U. […]


Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2018 – A Celebration of Life

The Sanatkada Lucknow Festival celebrates the heritage of Lucknow. It was an initiative undertaken by Sanatkada, a creative non-profit in 2006 to promote the rich culture of the city through various activities. The festival holds a series of programs such as panel discussions, book reading sessions, exhibitions and film festivals. Food and handicrafts, not just […]


a still picture from dance allethaiyya ka qissa during wajid ali shah festival lucknow

Lucknow and its Fondness for Vibrant Cultural Events

Every city in India has its own unique story to tell, whether its history, culture or traditions, and Lucknow is no different. When we talk about the City of Nawabs, the first impressions which come to mind are Lucknow’s glorious past, Nawabi-era monuments, culture, dance, music and cuisine. Being so culturally rich, Lucknow has actually […]


3rd Annual Wajid Ali Shah Festival, 2016

The third annual Wajid Ali Shah Festival, held on 14th February, 2016 at Chhattar Manzil, transported the audience to Matia Burj where Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled after the mutiny of 1857. The audience got to see the nostalgic nawab’s yearning to see Radha Krishna’s Raas that came alive in the form of a ballet. […]

Wajid Ali Shah Festival 2016_Chhattar Manzil

Mahindra Sanatkada Lko Festival 2016

Sanatkada Festival Lucknow

Sanatkada, which began in 2006 as an initiative to revive the culture and art of Avadh, has now become almost synonymous with the Lucknowi art, food, language and culture. Lucknow, traditional and modern at the same time, has always attracted visitors who are looking to relive the past and at the same time appreciate the […]