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BegumFest 2023: Andaaz-e-Lucknow commences at Salempur House, Lucknow

powered by lucknowpulse, Begumfest 2023 inaugurated at Salempur house, kaiserbagh, lucknow

LucknowPulse is proud to announce the commencement of the 3rd season of the Begum Festival, a four-day extravaganza celebrating literature, culture, and the distinctive charm of Lucknow. The Salempur foundation run festival is being organized from December 22nd to 25th at the picturesque Salempur Lawns. The theme for BegumFest 2023 is “Andaaz-e-Lucknow – The Swag of the City”

powered by lucknowpulse, Begumfest 2023 inaugurated at Salempur house, kaiserbagh, lucknow

The festival was inaugurated with great pomp and fervor by Prof. Dr. Abbas Ali Mahdi, Vice Chancellor – Era University He commended the visionary efforts of Salempur Foundation founders, Mr. Rushdi Hasan and Mrs. Asma Hasan. Dr. Mahdi emphasized the crucial role of such initiatives in reviving Lucknow’s rich cultural heritage, contributing to wards making Lucknow a global tourist attraction.

 Prof-Dr-Abbas-Ali-Mahdi- at the inauguration ceremony - Begumfest2023-22dec

Renowned Historian, Dr. Roshan Taqui, unveiled this season’s theme – “Andaaz-e-Lucknow: The Swag of the City.” The festival kicked off with an engaging conversation between Lucknow’s beloved Dastango, Himanshu Bajpai, and Qais Mujeeb, a Member of Salempur Foundation, exploring the nuances of Lucknow’s unique cultural style – Andaaz-e-Lucknow.

A discussion on the Begum festival theme andaaz-e-Lucknow. Seen in this picture are Dastango Himanshu-Bajpai, Dr Roshan-Taqui and Qais Mujeeb at the BegumFest2023-held at salempur house, Lucknow

The festival also hosted an Urdu short-story writing contest, “Afsaana Nigaari,” where top three selected entries were narrated to a captivated audience.

afsaana nigari - Urdu short story writing contest at BegumFest 2023, Lucknow

Audience at Begumfest 2023, Salempur House, Lucknow


The excitement continues on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th, with a diverse range of literary sessions, a Bayt-baazi contest, Mushaira, Nashist, an Urdu calligraphy session, and creative contests designed for children. The highlight of the remaining festival days includes the Qawwali night on 24th December and the mushaira on 25th December, which would be featuring young Urdu poets from Awadh.

Join us at Salempur Lawns as we celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Lucknow at the Begum Festival. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and artistic expressions that define the city’s identity.

Here’s what got published in The Times of India, about the festival.

Day 01 pictures can be seen here

Some reels on LucknowPulse Instagram

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