A report by : SPARSH DIXIT (PGDEMFPM UNIVERSITY OF LUCKNOW)
An exquisite fusion of art,craft, culture, literature and awadhi food was being witnessed by localites in Sanatkada Lucknow festival which was organised in Baradari under the theme “Awadh ke Qasbati rang”.The festival was organised between 31st January and 4th February.With the anticipation of huge footfalls Qaiserbagh Baradari was being divided into four major zones.
The entrance of Baradari consisted of book stalls,sweet shops and old coin collection which was enough to nestle the ambience of past fused with present.This entrance led to a very huge colomaded hall which again consisted of many shops indulged in selling of clothes, hand made artificial jewelry, handicrafts,self woven clothes, and sarees along with some items of crafts and antiques.
This hall led to outer open area of Baradari which was circumscribed by extremely rich aroma of vegetarian and non vegetarian food items which was enough to enthrall the senses of visitors.Some of the major specialities of Sanatkada festival were:-
Habshi halwa Rudauli:-
This halwa is being prepared by soaking the wheat and making it sprouted.Sprouted wheats are then collected and dried for 5 days.It is then grounded into flour known as samnak.This flour is being bolied into milk,khoya and sugar and this results into making of brown coloured habshi halwa.
Kala khurma Badagaon:-
This sweet is black in colour and is prepared with the help of castor sugar.It tastes like gulabjamun and this shop of kala khurma is being owned by Mohammad Ahmed kalees khurme wale.
Rogan dying art:-
Rogan is thick oil based paint which is prepared by heating castor oil at boiling point for three days,and once it is being cooled down it is mixed with many more different colours.This thick paint is twisted to create motifs and images.This art has survived because of a khatri family and they kept it alive since last eight generations.
Gomiteni is a saree from North Karnataka which was being worn by women in 12th century.Its borders are inspired from jowar seeds which represents herring bone stitch.It represents prosperity ans it was gifted to women’s during Sankranti.
Fun filled performances and exhibition:-
Many fun filled performances were being organised under the theme “kids corner”, “filmistan”, “car tour”, “war chronicle” while some of the exhibitions included “Awadhi chidiyon ki duniya”,”Awadh ke qasbati rang”, “Mushahda” and photographs by Tasveeer Hasan of Salempur house.
Underground village replica
Lucknow was well known for its attached qasbas or villages in the past.Amongst them major were Jais,Kakori,Khairabad,Maharajganj, Mahmudabad and many more.The food zone of baradari led to an underground set of 7 rooms which very we depicted the life style of villages.
These included paandan (used for keeping dried beetel leaves),mirtwaan (for keeping pickle),curtains made of chik,ewer(surahi), furniture,lamps,common street sweets and paintings of famous Hindi poets who hail from these Qabas thus all the above items were enough to infuse a village culture within minds of audience along with bringing it alive infront of visitors.