The Lucknow Literature Carnival is an annual event organised by Lucknow Expressions Society which has Mr Jayant Krishna as its President, Mr Jaideep Mathur as Vice-President, Mrs Kanak Rekha Chauhan as Secretary and Mr Surjit Singh Uppal as Treasurer.
The Carnival aims at recognising the city of Lucknow, which apart from its historic value and exquisite cuisines, is also the land of rich literary culture. The city’s syncretic composite culture, also known as the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb is also said to be prevalent in Hyderabad, but the Nawabs of Awadh are the fore-runners of this culture. Culinary delights, architectural marvels, literature, music and dance exist everywhere, but the finesse and refinement in these fields that the city of Lucknow offers is unmatched and outstanding. The intricate art of chikankari originated in Lucknow and is famous all over the world.
A number of outstanding literary minds have been associated with the City of Nawabs. Some of the greatest Hindi and Urdu writers and poets like Premchand, Yashpal, Dr. Namwar Singh, Kunwar Narayana, Josh Malihabadi, Firaaq Gorakhpuri, Ali Sardar Jafri, Jaanisar Akhtar, Majru Sultanpuri and many more such people, have been associated with Lucknow. The Lucknow Literature Carnival will see many contemporary Urdu and Hindi writers such as Sharib Rudaulvi, Yatendra Mishra, Wasim Barelvi etc. come together on a common platform.
Lucknow has also produced English writers, journalists and film makers. Some of them like Mehru Jaffer, Vinod Mehta, Saeed Naqvi, Muzaffar Ali and Ram Advani would be present at the Carnival.
In terms of music, Lucknow’s Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb brought together Persian and Mughal cultures of Islam and the Vrindavani raas rang. Khayal, Thumri, Kathak and Ghazal flourished in the city. The Lucknow Literature Carnival will host sessions where dance and music will be discussed and performed. A documentary about the ‘Mallika-e-Ghazal’, Begum Akhtar, who spent many years in Lucknow and is also buried here, will be shown and discussed. A Kathak performance by Shikha Khare and a concert by Sunanda Sharma are some of the musical events lined up at the Carnival.
One of the most important aspects that the Lucknow Literature Carnival aims at is educating the youth about the city’s literary culture. The Carnival will host workshops, interactive sessions and panel discussions which will highlight the extensive literary culture of the city. The Carnival also aims at encouraging and inculcating reading habits in today’s younger generation. A number of book reading sessions, which were a prelude to the Lucknow Literature Carnival were held, keeping in mind this facet.
The Lucknow Literature Carnival will be an enriching and enlightening literary experience. It will bring together both, established and aspiring writers, young professionals, readers, publishers, students and the city’s literati. The Lucknow Expressions Society has worked diligently to put together this grand celebration of Lucknow’s traditions, customs and achievements. The three days on which the event will be held are bound to be fun-filled and enlightening.
Aeliya is currently a student of Delhi University , Aeliya comes from a family of urdu poets and literatti and has inherited a flair for reading and writing.Her literary background and keen love for books associated her to the luck now expressions society and Lucknow Literature Carnival.