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THIS institute in Lucknow is nurturing the artistic genius of local craftspersons!

Formed under the aegis of the Lucknow Design Trust in 2016, the Kalhath Institute works on Indian embroidery artforms from Uttar Pradesh. It is the brainchild of Maximiliano Modesti, a craft and fashion entrepreneur who works mostly out of Paris and Mumbai. The Kalhath Institute has been playing a major role in turning Modesti's visions into reality by promoting creativity and innovation among local artisans through apprenticeship under professionals.

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Know why Lucknow's traditional Kalai work is a confluence of science & spirituality

"Bhande Kalai kara lo"- it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that the current generation of Lucknowites are mostly unaware of what this phrase means. Kalai is an ancient art that involves the coating of surfaces such as copper and brass, with metals such as silver or tin, to make it safe for culinary use. The evidence of kitchenware with Kalai work has been found in archaeological excavations and historical documentation, which prove that this art form is ancient. A hub of practitioners of this dying art form can still be traced back to the forgotten alleys of Lucknow and today, we shall explore the intelligent application of metallurgy exhibited by these kalaiwalas.

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Delve into the intricacies of Tughra Calligraphy for a detailed look at Lucknow's art history!

Calligraphy is a sacred art form that flourished across India during the Mughal era and the major art centres of those times were Delhi, Lahore and Lucknow. During the 18th century, when Lucknow was being nurtured into a cultural hub, Urdu calligraphy seamlessly assimilated itself into the Awadhi artistic heritage. It is believed that under the patronage of the nawabs, this city became the sole promoter of Zoomorphic Tughra and Tughra-nawisi in the country. So move over the orthodox idea that calligraphy is just fancy handwriting and tag along with us as we explore the intricacies of Tughra calligraphy!

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Just like Chikankari & Bidri, Chinhat Pottery adds another dimension to Lucknow's art culture

The rich pottery traditions of India, whether it is the Blue Pottery of Jaipur or Terracotta of West Bengal, trace their origin back to prehistoric times. A similar artistic heritage has percolated down the generations in Uttar Pradesh, popularly known as Chinhat Pottery. The artisans of Lucknow's Chinhat region have been moulding wet clay into artful objects, that have been used for decor and more, since time immemorial. If you too love traditional crafts, then tag along with us to know more about Chinhat Pottery!

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Surviving the Siege of Lucknow, Sikandar Bagh is a reminder of the city's cultural legacy

Every Lucknowite has either read Shatranj Ke Khiladi penned down by Premchand or watched its cinematic adaptation by Satyajit Ray. Either way, you know that the City of Nawabs played an important role during the Revolt of 1857 and Sikandar Bagh can be called its epicentre, for it bears a connection to the Siege of Lucknow. Built during the nineteenth century by Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Lucknow, this Bagh is spread across almost 4.5 acres of land. If you want a peek into the rich heritage of this city, then tag along with us on this know-all virtual tour of Sikandar Bagh.

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