Over the years, Lucknow has seen artistes who’ve risen, made a name out of their talents at places and they haven't been back since. Then there are those who’ve tasted catholic glories, travelled to faraway lands on the credits of their talents but have always returned to their roots.

One such performer is Himanshu Bajpai, who has stemmed from the snaking bylanes of Chowk and has reached the zeniths of appreciation ofttimes with his dastangoi, all over India and beyond.

But what is ‘Dastangoi’?

Dastangoi is the art of Urdu story-telling which originated in the 13th century and was prevalent in the Lucknow-Delhi region but after a few centuries, it had faded away. Dastangoi would have been a forgotten art-form unless for the efforts of the prominent Urdu poet and critic Shamsur Rahman Farooqi, his nephew, writer and director Mahmood Farooqui.

The modern dastangos (story-tellers) have made dastangoi a medium through which they can raise awareness about important societal issues and through these, they also reiterate stories of the past. Dastans are just verbal adventures which can take your focus from djinns to princes of faraway lands but mostly it focuses on razm and bazm.

Dastan of the Dastango!

A journalist by profession, Himanshu has been associated with organizations like Akashvani, Dainik Bhaskar, and Tehelka in the past. Bajpai is a store-house of the rich cultural history of Lucknow and his immense knowledge in Urdu and Hindi poetry and Awadhi literature is simply unmatched.

Himanshu commenced his journey to become a dastango back in 2013 with the help of his beloved friend, the late Ankit Chadha, who was also one of the most celebrated dastangos in India. Furthermore, Bajpai’s aziz friend, Varun Grover has also helped him to realize his passion for the art form.

Highly inspired by Amritlal Nagar, Yogesh Praveen and his late beloved friend, Ankit, Himanshu has become one of Lucknow’s ambassadors in his own terms. According to Bajpai, even Gandhi’s ideals and principles have ignited an ardour in him and fashioned his notions and perspectives, notably.

‘Qissa Qissa’ ki Kahaani

From a cameo role in Sacred Games 2 to the third reprint of his book ‘Qissa Qissa Lucknowaa’, Himanshu Bajpai has become the shaan aur maan of Lucknow.

Qissa Qissa Lucknowaa has drawn its inspirations from the current socio-political and cultural scenario of the country and it was penned on a priority basis too. Bajpai had specks of trepidation, that the world might lose out on this oral art-form so the future generations should be aware of its eminence. This book also talks about a secular Lucknow; tales of the past and how there was unity in diversity previously, on the lines of Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.

Knock Knock

With over 50 dastongois to his credits, Himanshu has been earnestly promoting the culture of Lucknow and his fidelity towards this craft, is simply commendable.

Himanshu has always directed his craftsmanship towards all sectors of people, to inculcate a sense of this art around him and truly, it for the people and of the people.

Holistic education takes a leap in Lucknow with booming opportunities for young kids!

It is crucial to address the need for a wholesome pedagogy for young learners of the 21st century.

Technological innovations and inventive thinking together constitute the insignia of a fertile present and a progressive future. While the evolving nature of technology has made it a mandatory skill for younger learners, it is essential to couple it with a financial aptitude and business-driven attitude for assuring sustained growths, today. One must address the need for a wholesome pedagogy for kids of the 21st century, that can provide them with a life crafted as per their innate interests and ambitions!

Join Parent-Child Workshop on ABC of Cryptocurrency- https://bit.ly/2TJqSd8

Keep reading... Show less

Lucknow University students demand a reduction in exam fees through a Twitter campaign!

Labeled 'No exam, no fee', the drive by the distressed pupils of the institute asks for a reduction in the exam fees and course fees.

Amid the ongoing circumstances of the pandemic, Lucknow University had recently announced offline examinations for last year and end-semester students. Expressing discontent over the fees levied by the varsity, a group of students have initiated a social media campaign on the microblogging site Twitter. Labeled 'No exam, no fee', the drive by the distressed pupils of the institute asks for a reduction in the exam fees and course fees, given the tumultuous situation of the present day.

As per the schedule released by the university, examinations for last year's students shall commence from August 10 and the examinees are asked to fill forms by July 10.

Keep reading... Show less

Lucknow's Padmashree Mohd. Shahid Stadium to be developed as a centre of excellence for hockey

This step will help to nurture local talent and develop an aptitude for sports in the state, which has a rich history in the game of hockey.

A residential centre of excellence in hockey will soon be established in Lucknow, in a bid to promote the national sport across Uttar Pradesh. Centred at the Padma Shri Mohd Shahid Synthetic Stadium, this advanced academy will be the first of its kind in the state. The UP Director of Sports informed that players who have already appeared in prominent leagues, such as the nationals, will receive training here.

Keep reading... Show less

Lucknow University announces MCQ-format offline exams for final year students

Pupils of other years enrolled in degree and diploma courses will be promoted based on internal marks.

Lucknow University has announced that last-year/end-semester students of all undergraduate and postgraduate programs will have to sit for offline examinations in the upcoming days. As per reports, these assessments will have multiple-choice questions to be solved within a stipulated period of time. Further, pupils of other years enrolled in degree and diploma courses will be promoted based on internal marks, according to the latest decision by the varsity administration.

Keep reading... Show less

Universities in UP directed to send degrees to students by post

The decision ensures that students receive their degrees on time.

The pandemic has affected the education system in a huge way. Even though online classes have replaced physical classes, staying at home for such a long duration has taken away a lot of opportunities from students of schools and colleges alike. In such times, the authorities are trying their best to provide assistance and tackle all the hurdles. And now, in an attempt to timely award degrees to college students, new instructions have been given to universities across UP.

Chancellor of state universities & UP Governor, Andiben Patel has directed Vice-Chancellors of Universities across the state to send college degrees to students by post. The decision was formalised in an online review meeting of two state institutes, Lucknow University and Bathkhande Music Institute Deemed University and ensures that students do not have to run for their degrees.

Keep reading... Show less

All engineering & polytechnic students in UP to take online exams in July!

Virtual assessments for first, second and third-year students shall be conducted in the last week of July.

In view of the easing pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh, the state technical education department has announced schedules for the students of all years enrolled under it. Reportedly, the authority has stated that the final year students of technical universities and polytechnic institutes would sit for online tests in the third week of July. Besides, the virtual assessments for first, second and third-year students shall be conducted in the last week of July.

Keep reading... Show less

A 14-member committee set up in Lucknow University to take the decision regarding exams 2021

Special Committee of the LU will take the final call, in line with the government orders.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Lucknow University, Dr Alok Kumar Rai has set up a special 14 member committee to take the final decision regarding the examinations and promotion of the students. The committee will check the feasibility of conducting exams for third-year students and evaluate the promotion criteria for other batches, across all programmes.

This special body includes the Controller of Examinations, HODs of all departments along with the Principals of Mahila Vidhyalaya Degree college and Shia College and Superintendent of Examination, who are tasked to take the final call, in line with the government's orders.

Keep reading... Show less

Most Read

Headlines

Lucknow

Kanpur

Trending

Jaipur

Indore

Goa

Mumbai