SKETCH­ING THE CUL­TURAL HER­ITAGE OF AWADH!

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Ar­chi­tect, au­thor and her­itage ac­tivist Vipul B Varsh­ney’s third book ‘Shaam-e-Awadh: A Vis­ual Jour­ney of Lucknow’ was re­leased by singer Malini Awasthi dur­ing an event held here on Wed­nes­day.

The high­lights of the 140page book are dif­fer­ent as­pects of Lucknow – such as ar­chi­tec­ture, art and cul­ture – in sketch form with pre­cise con­tent.

“I was al­ways in­ter­ested in sketch­ing. It started with bits and pieces but I kept mak­ing them. It was ran­dom but the col­lec­tion was go­ing up with ev­ery pass­ing year. Then I de­cided to con­vert them in the form of a book,” said Vipul dur­ing her con­ver­sa­tion with mod­er­a­tor Chan­der Prakash at Uni­ver­sal Book Sell­ers, Gomti Na­gar.

Some the sketches date back to her col­lege days. The book, pub­lished by Bloom­bury, has 85 sketches.

Var­i­ous facets of Lucknow are recorded here with the black and white pen sketches, through gate­ways, court­yards and gar­dens, along broad streets and nar­row al­ley­ways, into great cer­e­mo­nial build­ings and cosy me­dieval ‘chowks’ and ‘nukkads’. The splen­dour and grandeur of mon­u­ments are cap­tured and en­hanced with the beauty of the flora and fauna.

An­other dis­tinct fea­ture of the book is that it has newer parts as well like Janesh­war Mishra Park’s gan­dola rides, Ambed­kar Park, Lo­hia Park and Ku­dia Ghat.

Malini said the onus of be­ing aware about the rich her­itage and cul­ture of our civil­i­sa­tion and pass­ing it on to the next gen­er­a­tion lay with the peo­ple.

Au­thors like Ravi Bhatt and Mehru Jaf­far were also present in the talk ses­sion. There was also a de­bate on Ab­dul Halim Sharar, for­eign au­thors and In­dian writ­ers who have penned books on Awadh. Vipul has ear­lier penned Lucknow-A Trea­sure and ear­lier this year she came up with Lucknow: A City of Cul­ture and Her­itage.

Prom­i­nent peo­ple of the city were also present in the event.

Malini Awasthi Nidhi Prakash Jy­oti

PHO­TOS: DHEERAJ DHAWAN/HT

Vipul Varsh­ney Divya Bajpai Yo­gesh & Shilpi

Chan­der Prakash, Gau­rav & Manav

Ajaish & Sangeeta

Anant Jauhari & Kun­jshree

Anuj Varsh­ney

Daksh, Khush­boo & Harsh

Nisheet Kapoor & Surabhi

Shubra Me­hta

Anil Risal Singh

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