Lucknow’s Picture Gallery pond, which once served as a royal bath (hamam) for nawabs, is in for a modern makeover.
Already done with the restoration of the pond, the state government is now beautifying the spot to attract tourists.
“Under the beautification plan, we intend to set up a grand musical fountain and start a laser light show here,” said an official of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), which is one of the government agencies involved in the beautification project of structures in Old City areas.
“It is going to be the first of its kind musical fountain, backed up with the laser light show that will give an illuminating effect to the entire show,” said an official.
“The musical fountain would be based on a theme highlighting the city’s rich heritage and the journey of nawabs,” said Siddartha Bathla, creative head, Archohm, an architectural firm hired to install the fountain.
“The show will depict the history of arrival of nawab Asaf-ud-Daula at Lucknow in 1775 and the life of nawabs thereafter,” said Bathla.
“The theme of the show is almost done. The audio part of the theme, too, is ready,” said Bathla.
Stating that the installation of fountain was in progress, Bathla said the laser show will be of different colours and highlight the surrounding architectural marvels.
Constructed by Oudh’s third king, Mohammad Ali Shah in 1839, the pond has already witnessed a massive restoration work under which the old ‘lakhauri’ bricks were replaced by sand stones. “The restoration cost to give a face-lift to around 1.70 lakh square feet pond was around Rs 20 crore,” said an official.