The much-awaited Lucknow Mahotsav will finally be held from January 24 onwards. The six-day mahotsav will be part of the UP Diwas celebrations to be held at Awadh Shilp Gram in Gomti Nagar Extension on Shaheed Path. The mahotsav, which till now was organised every year from November 25 to December 4, had been deferred due to the civic polls in the city. The administration had also mulled over having the mahotsav in April next year, after the board exams. But according to officials in the district administration, the mahotsav will now be held from January 24, coinciding with the celebrations of the state’s first foundation day, which is being celebrated as UP Diwas.
The decision was taken at a meeting convened on Saturday by Anil Garg, the Lucknow Divisional Commissioner. “Although what all cultural events will be organised during the two events is yet to be decided, what has been finalised are the dates for the kite-flying competition, which will be held on January 26 and a vintage car rally, to be held on January 28, respectively,” said an official from the administration, adding, “Since UP Diwas is also being celebrated simultaneously, there is expected to be a big line-up of performances by renowned artistes during those six-days.”
The news was also confirmed by Kaushal Raj Sharma, district magistrate, Lucknow, that the Lucknow Mahotsav will be organised along with UP Diwas from January 24 onwards.
The DM also said that like every year, this time too, the theme of the mahotsav will be decided based on suggestions sent in by the public. Meanwhile, the theme for UP Diwas will be ‘One District, One Product’ in which each district of the state will get an opportunity to display their products at the fair.
EVENTS SCHEDULE OF LUCKNOW MOHATSAV
Preparations for the Lucknow Mahotsav are in full swing at the Awadh Shilp Gram on Shaheed Path. Stalls are being set up for the seven-day festival which will also have celebrity performances as part of it. “The mahotsav will be a week-long affair this time,” informs RP Yadav, secretary Lucknow Mahotsav Samiti 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 beginning from Saturday,” he adds.
Apart from a car rally, the mahotsav will also have a fashion show, kavi sammelan and mushaira, which are part of the festival every year. There will also be an auto expo zone at the mahotsav this time.
To be held at the Awadh Shilp Gram in Gomti Nagar Extension on Shaheed Path, the celeb attractions at the mahotsav this year include Bollywood singer-composer Ankit Tiwari who will be performing in the Bollywood night on February 1, actor-politician Ravi Kishan performing in the Bhojpuri night and Harrdy Sandhu and Harshdeep Kaur performing in the Punjabi night. “There are other performances also scheduled during the week-long 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 this year is excited at the prospect. “It’s always great to perform in Lucknow and mahotsav mein gaana is even better because it’s a festival of the city, The Lakhnavi crowd is so appreciative and the way they respond to my music makes it a pleasure to perform for them. I want to thank the government for giving me this opportunity to sing at the mahotsav again,” says Ankit.
Similarly for actor-politician Ravi Kishan. Ravi, who recently performed at the Gorakhpur Mahotsav, is happy to be performing in Lucknow too. “Abhi kuchh hi din pehle maine Gorakhpur mein perform kiya tha aur bahut enjoy kiya wahan. Lucknow, I expect will be just as fun,” says Ravi, adding, “I am grateful to the government for giving me an opportunity to perform at both the festivals in my state and I thank the people for their support and love.”
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