Lucknow speaking. It also shows the effect of

is a multicultural city who has different dialects and languages. The city
culture is the amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim rulers. The residents of
Lucknow call themselves Lucknowites or Lakhnavi. Today
Lucknowites are known for their polite and polished way of speaking. It also shows
the effect of globalization where the legacy of Nawab’s culture continues to be
reflected in the traditional vocabulary of the Hindi language of the city.


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is considered as the root of all Indian cuisine. The representation of Islamic
food in India is related to Lucknow. The cuisine of Lucknow i.e. Lucknow
dastarkhwan would be incomplete unless it include the following dishes like
qorma (braised meat in thick gravy), salan (a gravy dish of meat of
vegetables), qeema (minced meat), kababs (pounded meat fried or roasted over a
charcoal fire), bhujia (cooked vegetables), dal, pasinda (fried silvers of very
tender meat, usually kid, in gravy). In Lucknow rice is cooked with meat in the
form of pulao, chulao (fried rice) or served plain and there are variety of
rotis or chapattis like nans, sheermals, kulchas and taftans. Desserts comprise
gullati (rice pudding), kheer (milk sweetened and boiled with whole rice to a
thick consistency), sheer brunj, (a rich, sweet rice dish boiled in milk),
muzaffar (vermicelli fried in ghee and garnished with almonds and saffron) and
halwas garnished with balai (cream).

winter season dishes like shab degh, shorba (thick gravy) and paya (trotters)
are also very popular. In spring season crisp snacks, phulkis (besan pakoras in
salan), puri-kababs and birahis (parathas stuffed with mashed dal) are also in
trend. Raw mangoes cooked in semolina and jaggery or sugar, called guramba, is
famous desert in summer.


is famous for its music, dance, drama and poetry. Persian music, dance,
language, costumes and culture were brought by the Nawab Wazirs and it gets
blended beautifully with the developed arts, language and culture of Hindus of
India. This synthesis resulted in enriched forms of music, Kathak dance,
poetry, drama, language and the Lucknow became famous for the mixture of
Indo-Iranian and Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb. The spoken languages also have a blend
of Persian, Urdu, Hindi and Avadhi and this can be seen in music too,
brajbhasha had a favoured place.

historic pillars the tinklings sounds of thousands of ghunghroos, the thunder
of pakhawajs, the boons of baayaans and the resonant tones of sitars, sarods,
shahnais and sarangis can be heard. In the history of Hindustani music and
dance, Lucknow occupies a very prominent place. The distinct style of Lucknow Gharana
Kathak, Lucknow Tabla, Lucknow (poorab) Ang Thumri-Dadra and Lucknow style of
ghazal singing prove about the contributions of Lucknow to music and dance. Some
famous personalities of Lucknow in music are Ustad Pyar Khan, Basat Jaffar,
Bahadur, Haidar and Nasir Ahmad Khan Ghulam Hussain, his son Dulbe Khan, Mehndi
Hussain, Kalawant Raza Hussain and many others. Lachhu Maharaj, Acchchan
Maharaj, Shambhu Maharaj and Birju Maharaj still have kept this tradition
alive. The city has witnessed the Hindustani classical music and kathak dance
over more than three centuries.

of the famous institutes of dance, music and drama are Bhartendu Academy of
Dramatic Arts or Bhartendu Natya Academy, Bhatkande Music Institute University
and Sangeet Natak Akademy. Apart from these institutes, IPTA, Theatre Arts
Workshop (TAW), Darpan, Manchkriti and the largest youth theatre group, Josh
were also there.

Lucknow Chikan:

works of Lucknow are very famous like chikankari, zari, zardosi, kamdani and gota
making. Indian Geographical Indication Registry (GIR) accorded Geographical
Indication (GI) status in December 2008 and recognize Lucknow as the exclusive
hub for its manufacture of chikankari.


has several educational and research organizations like Central Drug Research
Institute, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, IIM Lucknow, National
Botanical Research Institute, IET Lucknow, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute
of Medical Sciences and King George Medical College.

has some universities also like the University of Lucknow, Babasaheb Bhimarao
Ambedkar University, Technical University, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law
University, and a number of polytechnics, engineering institutes, industrial
training institutes and schools like Delhi Public School, City Montessori
School, Colvin Taluqdar’s College, St. Francis College, Loreto Convent, La
Martieniers, Lucknow Public School, Cathedral School, Christ Church College

Places to Visit:

the city is evolving as an important centre for technology, education,
commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, design, tourism, music, poetry
etc. Lucknow is the second largest metro city of North and Central India after
Delhi and the 11th largest city of India in context to population. The famous
places to visit in Lucknow are Asafi Imambara (Bara Imambara), British
Residency, Ambedkar memorial, Ram Krishna Math, Planetarium, Lucknow Zoo and
museum etc. There are some monuments to visit like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Samajik
Parivartan Sthal, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Gomti Buddha Vihar, Samajik Parivartan
Prateek Sthal, Samta Mulak Chowk, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Gomti Vihar/Park,
Manyawar Kanshiram Memorial, Bauddha Vihar Shanti Upvan, Manyawar Shri
Kanshiram Ji Green (Eco) Garden (MSKJGEG) and Smriti Upvan.


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