Lucknow

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A congregation hall of Shia Muslims.

Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Lucknow, as a multicultural city, has flourished as a cultural and artistic hub of North India in the 18th and 19th centuries and as a seat of power of Nawabs. Today it continues as an important centre of government, education, commerce, aerospace,finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry.

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Andrew Robinson:...The city is known as the 'Paris of the East' and the 'Babylon of India' a century before: the ornate mosque Bara Imambara with its notorious Bhulbhuliya maze, the Dilkusha garden, and the decorative palaces of the kings and Nawabs of Oudh.
Satyajit Ray:I think there were two aspects to Wajid Ali Shah's character, one which you could admire and one which you couldn't. At one point I just could not feel any sympathy for this stupid character....The fact that he was a great patron of music that was one redeeming feature about this King.
Shradha Sharma:Lucknow is known for many things besides its ‘tehzeeb’ (etiquette). Its history, politics, food, clothes, music, culture and language are traits of a city steeped in rich traditions. Regarding the lack of startup eco-system in Lucknow, the legendary capital of Uttar Pradesh, even after having an IIM in town and couple of IITs nearby, after mulling over it for some time, I took upon this responsibility to build an eco-system here...
  • It is believed that “Lakshman” the brother of Lord Rama laid the foundation of this city in the Tretayug. Since that day it has been known as Lakshmanpur. Origin of the name of Lakhanu is traced to a much later date after Lakhna, an Ahir, who designed the fort known as Machhi Bhavan. To the south-west of the historically significant Pir Muhammad Hill lies the Chowk area of Lucknow. It is the core of Old Lucknow.
  • In 1590, when Emperor Akbar divided the whole of India into twelve Provinces, Lucknow was selected as the seat of the Subedar or Governor of Awadh. At that time, Shaikh Abdul Rehim, a noble man of Bijanpur (U.P.), went to Delhi to seek his fortune. Eventually, he became an official in the imperial service and was granted land in Lucknow. In Lucknow, he took up his residence on Pir Muhammad Hill.
    • Heritage Walk, in "Lucknow Heritage Walk"
  • In 1775, with Asaf-ud-Daula’s accession, the town of Lucknow acquired great splendor. To the west of Machchi Bhavan on the banks of the river Gomti, he built Daulat Khana as a residence for himself, the Rumi Darwaza and his incomparable Bada Imambara. After the revolt of 1857, the needs of the new master grafted a different built environment onto the city. A hybrid city was created that was both peculiar to and typical of the colonial era.
    • Heritage Walk, in "Lucknow Heritage Walk"
  • The treasure house of historical and cultural heritage - the Chowk, has faded in course of time. Yet it has retained some of its old glamour, in the changed harmony with modern trade and culture. Today, the rhythmic sound of workers hammering silver into thin sheets sound like the drum of symphony orchestra. There is an intermingled aroma of fragrance of “itra”, scented oil and delicious sweets.
    • Heritage Walk, in "Lucknow Heritage Walk"
  • A lifestyle typical of many rulers of that era who squandered away their empires to the British -- in the manner of the famous scene from Ray's film that depicts Wajid Ali Shah leisurely playing chess as the British soldiers marched in. But yet these much-maligned Nawabs were responsible for nurturing Lucknow's culture of poetry, dance, music and art and inventing the famous Lucknowi traditions.
  • I think there were two aspects to Wajid Ali Shah's character, one which you could admire and one which you couldn't. At one point I just could not feel any sympathy for this stupid character. And unless I feel some sympathy I cannot make a film. But then finally, after long months of study, of the Nawabs of Lucknow, and of everything, I saw the King as an artist, a composer who made some contributions to the form of singing that developed in Lucknow. The fact that he was a great patron of music that was one redeeming feature about this King.
    • Satyajit Ray, in "Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players: History Today Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007"
  • In the 1970s, more than a century after the eclipse of the nawabi power at Lucknow, the city still occupied a special place in the life of India. During the latter part of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth, Lucknow and Oudh, the rich state of which it was capital, were the repository of Mughal culture after the erosion of Mughal power in Delhi. The [[w:East India Company|East India Company recognized this and made the rulers of Oudh kings in 1814, while steadily undermining their sovereignty and revenues from 1765 onwards. The kings, and the city they embellished with palaces and mosques, gradually became bywords for decadent refinement in every department of life, whether it was dress, banquets, the hookah, pigeon-breeding, music and poetry, or love-making.
    • Andrew Robinson, in "Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players: History Today Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007"
  • We knew there is great talent in Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh at large. Many people cannot leave their hometown to work in Bangalore or NCR. We started creating opportunities for the talented folks here to stay closer to their homes.
    • Anurag Rastogi, in "From a laid-back Nawabi culture to Hi-Tech hub: Why Lucknow is the new startup destination of India?"
  • We have talented human resource in the city, and the city is far more economical than others. If you show the young people in the city that they can grow here, then there will be no reason for them to move to other cities. We have seen it happening at MeraDoctor and it’s very motivating.
    • Madhukar Pandey, in "From a laid-back Nawabi culture to Hi-Tech hub: Why Lucknow is the new startup destination of India?"

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