Amidst an unusual mix of serenity and pyrotechnics, curtains came down officially on the eleven-day Lucknow Mahotsava, but the show will continue till December 8 at the Ambedkar Maidan.
Shekhar Sen’s musical and spiritual play ‘Kabir’ left the audience spellbound and thinking. And before they went back home, some dazzling fireworks treated them.
Chief secretary NC Bajpai declared the Mahotsava closed and at the same time announced its extension for five more days. Till December 8, the fair at the Ambedkar Maidan will continue for the shoppers, while a three-day music fest will begin at the Bhathkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya from Wednesday.
Mahotsava programmes going on at the Kudia Ghat would continue till December 10.
In his address, Bajpai said, “Lucknow is not just a city, it means legacy, culture, tradition, a state of mind and a way of living. May the sweetness, colours, and music that the Mahotsava has lent to it linger on in our minds for a long time to come. We are ending the Mahotsava 2006 to pave way for the next one.”
On the other hand, commissioner, Lucknow Division, RK Mittal said, “Lucknow has become one of the best towns in the country. Now, Lucknowites have to become even more responsible in maintaining its reputation and add more glory to it.”
However, the closing ceremony was delayed by almost two and a half hours, as Bajpai reached the venue only at around 8.30 pm. Normally, the closing ceremony is held, followed by fireworks and the biggest performance of the day.
However, as the ceremony could start only at 8.40 pm, Sen’s performance took place before the fireworks.
Contrary to organisers’ expectations, people turned up in large numbers to witness the final day’s proceedings.