IT WAS a mixed fare on the fourth day of the Lucknow Mahotsava at the cultural pandal on Tuesday.
City tiny tots presented a qawwali “Duniya ka hai dulara, yeh Lucknow hamara” and managed to win many a heart in no time. Their performance impressed divisional commissioner R.K. Mittal so much that gifted Rs 10,000 to them on behalf of the Lucknow Mahotsava Committee.
Newly-elected mayor Dr. Dinesh Sharma and Urban Development Minister Lalji Tandon were also present on the occasion.
“Lucknow hai to sirf gumbad-o-minar nahin, mahaz ek shahar nahin koocha-o-bazar nahin, iske daaman mein mohabbat ke phool khilte hain, iski galion mein farishton ke pate milte hain,” the lines written of noted historian and lyricist Yogesh Pravin was well recited by the young ones, who looked ably trained as they recited most of the shers (couplets) in flawless Urdu.
Before this, upcoming singer Deepshikha entertained the audience in her mellifluous voice with some quality light classical music. She sang three compositions in raag Yaman. First was a sufiana qalam of Hazrat Amir Khusrau ‘Mora Jobanva navelrari mai’, which was followed by ‘Araj mano piya mori’. She ended her recital with a tarana in Sitarkhani taal. Deepshikha is a promising singer who is learning the intricacies of vocal classical under the guidance of Ustad Gulshan Bharti.
Lucknow based flutist Ravi Raj Shankar of Bhatkhande Music Institute was next to present a soulful recital. Accompanied on tabla by Ram Chandra Bhatt, Ravi Raj chose raag Jog to play madhyalaya in rupak and drut in teentaal. He ended his recital with a pahadi dhun. Ravi Raj played extremely well and it was sad to see such artistes getting little attention of music lovers of the city.
Renu Srivastava and group came up next with some good kathak performances.
Beginning with Durga stuti, Renu switched over to the traditional form of dance. She concluded her presentation with ‘Daiyya ri mohe bhijoya Shyam nizam’, a sufiana qalam.
Then a play ‘Zaan-E-Aalam’ showcasing the advent of British in Oudh was staged. It also highlighted how the Nawabs lost their capital.
Cine actor Pappoo Polyester presented a beautiful picture of Awadh when he danced upon ‘Chhoone na doongi sharir nazariyon se dil bhar doongi’ depicting the luxurious lives of the Nawabs.
The evening ended with a fashion show, which displayed chikan and zardozi outfits made in the city. About two dozens young models, comprising both males and females cat-walked in ethnic attires. Noted city based model Romil Srivastava was also present on the stage. Anita Sehgal compered the entire programme.