Lucknow Mahotsav ends amid fireworks, applause

LUCKNOW: The 10-day-long Lucknow Mahotsav ended on Monday, with Bollywood singer Kavita Krishnamurthy regaling the audience with her hit numbers.

Paying rich tributes to Bollywood legend Dev Anand, she started her performance with ‘Allah Tero Naam, Ishwar Tero Naam’ from the film ‘Hum Dono’ which was followed by another evergreen song ‘Pyar Hua Chupke Se’ from the film 1942: A Love Story.

Prior to this, the Governor BL Joshi declared the Mahotsav closed. Like previous year, the mega fest was not extended further.

Joshi congratulated the organisers for putting a wonderful show and promoting art and culture of Lucknow.

“This is my second visit to the Mahotsav and I am glad that the organisers took my last year’s suggestion of giving some space to the martyrs,” said Joshi.

He added that the fest has helped farmers in learning latest techniques through Kisan Mela. Appreciating the Mahotsav’s theme, ‘Humein Lucknow Par Hai Naaz Aur Lucknow Ko Hum Par Hai Naaz’, Joshi said that a visitor who met him recently bifurcated the term ‘Lucknow’ to ‘Luck’ and ‘Now’, which is a door for good luck for everyone.

During his address, the governor also mentioned the name of poet Abdul Haleem Sharar who has described Lucknow as the king of Asian civilisation.

“The fest has something for everyone and exhibits past and present developments,” the governor said.

The governor’s address was followed by a Kathak performance by Kumkum Dhar. And then it was the turn of dazzling display of fireworks. And as Mahotsav approached its climax, it was the turn of Bollywood singer Kavita to mesmerise the audience.

The pandal was jampacked as the crowd enjoyed her melodious voice. Her performances ‘Hawa Hawai’ from the film Mr India, ‘Piya o Piya’ from Zubeida rocked the stage. The last day of Mahotsav saw people in huge numbers. It was difficult to control the crowd. In fact, it was the maximum. Before her performance, Kavita opined that being a singer is not an easy task with mushrooming reality shows.

Praising the talent of Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, Kavita said, “The two have a bright future.” Local artists included Kumkum Dhar who performed Kathak. She also sang a ghazal by Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

This was followed by an Oddisi dance by troupe named Oddisi Pulse from Delhi. The troupe included Sandeepa Oshani, Y Asha Kumari and Lipsa Satyaparti. Meanwhile, visitors had fun with the last day celebrations. Kids took joy rides and women shopped till the end. On Sunday, more than 62,000 people thronged the place.

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