The Heritage City: Walking Through the History of Lucknow

The Heritage City

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The Heritage City: Walking Through the History of Lucknow

By Vipul B. Varshney

Featuring over two-hundred color photographs and minute architectural drawings, the book “The Heritage City: Walking Through the History of Lucknow” recreates the splendor of Lucknow’s historic monuments -A must-have for anyone with an interest in Indian architecture, or the history of this resplendent city Lucknow was a city of dreams, once.

Now, 160 years after the elegant court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, there are almost as many different ways of interpreting it as there were dreamers in its Golden Age. Its splendid brick buildings have witnessed centuries of history, the call of the muezzin, the magical strains of thumri, the soulful lyrics of ghazals, the chime of temple bells, the expressive grace of Kathak, the exquisite crafts, and the delicate scents and flavors of local cuisine.

All are intrinsic parts of Lucknow, which has become one of India’s many metropolises and an important cultural hub. The famed Nazaakat and Nafaasat go hand-in-hand with the marvelous Indo-Sarcenic style buildings.

The Heritage City: Walking Through the History of Lucknow takes us on a journey through a bygone era, exploring the passions and aesthetics of the people of Awadh.

About the Author

Vipul B Varshney is an avid lover of the fine arts and India’s rich heritage and has authored 2 books and over 50 research papers, as well as being an awardee from various organizations including U.P.Ratan in 2013, Hindustan Times Women Achiever in 2013 and Ganj Carnival Felicitation Award-Shakti Samman in 2015.




She is a Heritage conservationist and Lucknow-based architect. Besides being the Convenor, INTACH, Lucknow Chapter and an adviser to the National Scientific Committee (ICOMOS), she has also served as technical advisor to the Lucknow Mahotsava Committee and was on the Heritage Regulation Drafting Committee for Lucknow MasterPlan.

She was nominated to A3 Foundation Excellence in Architectural Journalism in 2016. Outside of professional interests, she travels widely, reads, sails, sketches, grows bonsais in her garden, meditates and enjoys living in Lucknow with her family.

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