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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.