Lost in pages of time, Lucknow's metallic art of Bidri speaks of Awadh's opulence & artistry!

Today, Lucknow's Bidri stands preserved in multiple galleries across the country including National Museum, Delhi.

Narrating a tale of flourishing art and architecture, Lucknow's history entwines a variety of exquisite artistic techniques. One amidst these is Bidri, a testament to the region's creativity and innovation that got lost in the windy trail of time. Adorning the interior decor of some old and archaic homes in the city, this artwork symbolises an opulent and affluent past of Awadh. While the art witnessed maximum usage of silver wires, the gold and bronze detailing of some pieces will leave you wide-eyed!

Mapping a journey from Iran to Hyderabad before traversing to Lucknow


Folk tales have it that this skill travelled from the town of Bidar near Hyderabad, thereby getting the name Bidri. Digging deeper into its sources, one finds that art tracks its origins in Iran. It is believed that Bidri was established in India by an Iranian artisan, Abdullah Bin Qais who had settled in Bidar. Initially, it was used to decorate the surfaces of swords and cutlery which later expanded to the covers and embellishments of a range of artefacts.

Popularised in different styles like Tarkashi, Aftabi, Tahnashee and Zehnashee, the art is widely known in Lucknow for its Zarbuland method of crafting. Enhancing the exteriors of hookahs and utensils kept in a museum in Lucknow's Banarasi Bagh, Bidri is preserved perfectly through many centuries of its existence. Though the exact time of Bidri's advent in Lucknow cannot be traced, the use of European designs indicates that the art made its way to the city during the time when Mughals and Nawabs welcomed the British and French officers in their courts.

Exhibited in Kolkata's exhibition in the 18th Century


The first mentions of Bidri tell us that the ornate exhibits beautified with this art were displayed in an exhibition in Kolkata in 1883-84. As per a report published in London, it has been stated that Lucknow had 31 craftsmen involved in the works of Bidri in 1885 and this art industry reaped significant profits during that time. Apart from utensils, the art was used on pen stands, trays, buttons, paperweights, pins and a lot of other essentials.

Lucknow's Bidri housed in umpteen museums across the country


Today, Zarbuland Bidri from the city can be witnessed in a number of art galleries and museums including Kolkata's Indian Museum, New Delhi's National Museum, Hyderabad's Salar Jung Museum, Mumbai Museum and Lucknow's State Museum. Interestingly, this art form also travelled to international platforms, adding weathers to the city's cap of glory. Amongst its notable journeys, it marked its presence in the '100 Years of Indian Art' exhibition that took place in London in 1980.

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While the industrial revolution has ushered remarkable gains, it has undoubtedly led to detrimental effects on native art forms like Bidri. Amid our growing obsession with fast-paced innovation, we often forget to respect the marvels secured in the annals of history and heritage. Therein, it becomes necessary to not only treasure but also revive art forms like Bidri.

Lucknow's NimbleQ presents an interactive parent-kid workshop on cryptocurrency for 1-10 graders!

Register ASAP for an hour of fun-filled knowledge session on Sunday, June 27!

As the world recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, we witnessed the emergence of a new form of digital currency. Through the past decade, this decentralised virtual money has evolved internationally into the dynamic world of cryptocurrency and it carries countless possibilities for the future today!

While this revolution changes its face every day, you can be ahead of the race by starting out early. So if you wish to equip yourself and your kid for the future, Lucknow's NimbleQ is here to guide you with an interactive parent-child (Grade 1 to 10) workshop on cryptocurrency! Register now by clicking here!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Universities in UP directed to send degrees to students by post

The decision ensures that students receive their degrees on time.

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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.

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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.

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