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Lucknow's Sanatkada festival gives Muslims joyful voice in troubled times

Anjali Puri is heartened by a colourful, reflective and fun cultural festival in Lucknow, held at a time of fractiousness and dissent

Anjali Puri 

Folds of lacy pink hijab, and a pair of bespectacled eyes peeping above them, caught my attention.

I was wandering around the Safed Baradari, a 19th-century pavilion in Lucknow’s Qaisarbagh neighbourhood, alive with the music and chatter of the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow festival. A short while ago, I had watched the scarf’s owner and her teammates from the Karamat Husain Girls’ College defeat five young men in a competition involving rhyming couplets called Baitbazi — a scene straight out of the kind of Hindi film that hasn’t been made for decades — and ...

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First Published: Sat, February 08 2020. 00:39 IST
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