Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, attracts several vacationers for its glorious tradition, hospitality, savoring cuisine and structural grandeur. The city excelled in art and culture during the era of Nawabs. To retain the essence of old traditions, Lucknow Mahotsav is organized every year, promoting the rich cultural heritage of the old city. In 2018, the cultural fair will be organized from January 24 to February 2, at Shilp Gram.The festival features multiple stalls and celebrity performances slated for the coming days. “The mahotsav will be a week-long affair this time,” says RP Yadav, secretary Lucknow MahotsavSamiti and Regional Tourist Officer.”The stalls will be put on all 10 days, though the first three days are dedicated to the UP Diwas. So, the celebrations will start from January 24 and conclude on February 2, with the mahotsav commencing from Saturday,” he adds.To be held at the AwadhShilp Gram in Gomti Nagar Extension on Shaheed Path, Lucknowiteswill welcome Bollywood celebrities, including singer-composer Ankit Tiwari, who will set the stage on fire at the Bollywood Night on February 1. Further, actor-politician Ravi Kishan will perform at the Bhojpuri Night, and Harrdy Sandhu and Harshdeep Kaur during the Punjabi Night.
“There are other performances scheduled for the celebrations, details of which are being worked out,” says Yadav, adding, “There will be around 330 commercial stalls, 450 handicraft stalls, 71 pavilions, 20 kiosks and 45 food stalls at the venue.”Ankit Tiwari, who will be performing at the Lucknow Mahotsav for the second time is excited about the event. “It’s always great to perform in Lucknow,” says Tiwari.The Lakhnavi crowd is appreciative, and the way they respond to music makes it a pleasure for me too. I want to thank the government for giving me this opportunity to sing at the mahotsav again,” adds Ankit Tiwari.Apart from a car rally, the mahotsav will also host a number of events including, fashion show, kavi sammelan and mushaira, which are the key attractions of this festival, every year. To add some newness to the event, the committee has also planned to an auto expo zone this time.