Lucknow University to introduce master's program in Avadh Culture from next session

Lucknow University to introduce master's program in Avadh Culture from next session

New course syllabus will cover everything that represents Awadh Culture

The University of Lucknow has decided to roll out a new master's degree programme in Avadh Culture (Urdu), starting next session. As per reports, this social science PG course has been introduced in accordance with the New Education Policy and will cover everything that creates and represents the social fabric of the Avadh region. Notably, the programme has been allotted 60 PG seats for the first session.

From attire, food, language, festivities to art!

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The Lucknow University has decided to include a new cultural arts programme under its banner in a bid to promote and preserve the slowly perishing lifestyle and heritage of the region. Prof Abbas Raza Nayyar, head of the Urdu department sais, "From Qissagoi, the traditional art of storytelling, to writing shayari to sitting on a Dastarkhwan, understanding Sufiana Kalam, attire, food, language, festivities, everything has been included in the syllabus of the course."

The course will even cover the nuances of Avadh fashion, like do-palli caps, tunic, sherwani, wide patch pajamas of men and heavy embroidery work on women clothing. Study about culinary arts, including the Avadh flavours of bakarkhani, sheermal, kulcha, kebab, biryani and Kashmiri chai all have been made a part of the curriculum. Reportedly, the syllabus will soon be tabled in the faculty board meeting for approval.

Building research & business prospects, round the globe

"By introducing a detailed study on Avadh culture, we hope to make LU a centre for the teaching and learning of our tehzeeb," Nayyar added. He also highlighted that the cultural identity of the region is popular across India and abroad. This study, as such, will culture research prospects towards popularising the almost lost art forms like Qissagoi, cuisine and clothing. They can also use this knowledge to set up their businesses in the future.

"They can also contribute to the literature by penning shayaris, poems, and books. We already have junior and senior research fellows who have specialised in Awadh culture and we will also be inviting experts and renowned academicians like Prof Asmat Malihabadi and Ahmad Abbas Rudaulvi for sharing their knowledge with our students," he said.

- With agency inputs

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