The Nawabi LEGACY

A PEEK INTO KAKORI, A SMALL TOWN NEAR LUCKNOW

India Today - - SIMPLY BUZZ - By SR­ISHTI JHA

The city of Lucknow comes across like a Djinn now, com­ing out of folk­lores and his­tory, await­ing your wishes to be ful­filled and sur­prise you. A den of Nawabs and ke­babs and over­whelm­ing warmth run­ning through its veins, the live­li­ness doesn’t end in the city it­self.

Kakori, a small town on the pe­riph­ery of Lucknow in the mango belt of Mal­i­habad— about 25 kilo­me­ters from the city—shares the same spirit. The Re­nais­sance Group of Ho­tels took the guests of Re­nais­sance Lucknow for a day trip to Kakori to ex­pe­ri­ence the in­sight­ful his­tory, her­itage and lo­cal tra­di­tions of the town, mainly fa­mous for the Kakori train rob­bery that hap­pened in 1925, one of the sig­nif­i­cant events dur­ing In­dia’s free­dom move­ment. Home to some of the great­est po­ets like Mohsin Kako­rvi and Ghu­lam Ahmed Alavi, Kakori re­mains a dwelling to all things beau­ti­ful like the old havelis and the fad­ing art of Zardozi. To live up to the lo­cal flavour, the mango or­chards are a must visit, fa­mous for their Dash­eri man­goes. The or­chard was dec­o­rated with beau­ti­ful baithaks and the lo­cals wel­comed the guests with fresh aam pan­nas, roses and freshly cut man­goes. Few Zardozi kari­gars put their work on dis­play along with Chikankari and Kam­dani em­broi­deries and nar­rated sto­ries of how once the em­broi­dery form was used to dec­o­rate the wardrobe of the roy­als in In­dia. The guests were en­ter­tained by recitals of fa­mous say­ings about Lucknow and Kakori. A beau­ti­ful qawwali per­for­mance was or­gan­ised by the lo­cal qawwals at the or­chard. An ideal week­end get­away, Kakori still re­mains rooted and cul­tural and houses many nar­ra­tives that are wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered and lanes to be walked into.

(Above) Visitors en­joy­ing anec­dotes about Kakori; A snakecharmer per­form­ing at the mango or­chard in Kakori

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