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7 reasons lucknow literature festival 2017 cannot missed




A streamline of consciousness, or the tyranny of an intellect, or the philosophy of mind and spirituality, poetry is an escape from the labyrinth of misery. There’s poetry in the infinity of universe, there’s poetry in the eternal love. Poetry teaches the insignificance of heights when fiddling thedoleful depths; the art of craving for more while skirting the periphery of satisfaction. To encourage and celebrate the excellence of Indian poets in the world of drama, the Lucknow Literature Festival 2017 is all set bring out the theme “Poetry in Cinema: Conscious, Unconscious & Transcendental” on 17th, 18th and 19th November, ’17.

17th,18th and 19th Nov – Save your dates !

Here is a preview of some of the events that’ll give us a chance to connect with the soul of poetry:

1. Poetry in Cinema:

Poetry In Cinema Poetry In Cinema

The film industry is well aware that poetics is the best form to depict various aspects in a movie. The filmmakers today often use poetry to describe metaphor, abstraction and non-linear narrative. The poets, however, choose poetry to deploy and develop images and stories but inarguably, both are influenced by classical poetry. The screenwriters are aspiring poets who have proved that poetry functions in a broader spectrum but even the new emerging forms have an undisputed reliance on the classical form of poetry.Mostly, poetry in cinema is used to advance a plot or lend some deeper significance to an event where the protagonist is faced with a dilemma, which can be a tricky thing.

2.Indian Comic Con

Indian Comic Con Indian Comic Con

An evening with the creators of the majestic character who made our childhood awesome, yes, Super commando Dhruv are back after all these years. Mr. Anupam Sinha and Mr. NitinPrakash will talk about serious issues like disappearance of comics from today’s stores as well as people’s minds. On a bright side, workshop will be conducted that’ll most certainly make the atmosphere nostalgic.

3. Youth Forum: “Mai Har Ek Pal Ka Shayar Hun”

Mai Har Ek Pal Ka Shayar Hun Mai Har Ek Pal Ka Shayar Hun

A poet, often under the moonlight, embarks on a lonely journey into the world of poetry, just to emblazon others’ ordinary world. It’s amazingly remarked, that a poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.The Youth Forum is a platform where the young, thoughtful minds will express their conceptions and reflections in the form of poetry and shayari, for a powerful play goes on when verses are contributed.

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Shakespeare wala Love

Shakespeare wala Love Shakespeare wala Love

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
What we often consider ‘True Love’ is actually self-gratification. We are born to love, we sacrifice our happiness in an instance for love, but what if our feelings are temporary and they fluctuate and change without any dependability? Vishal Bhardwaj and SurbhiModi will canvass what love is, learning to truly love and facing the challenges it involve, for the essence of love lies in the act of living for the ones we love.

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5.“Kuch Ishq Kiya Kuch Kaam Kiya”with Piyush Mishra and Zeeshan Ayyub

Piyush Mishra and Zeeshan Ayyub Piyush Mishra and Zeeshan Ayyub

A group of spectators not just hear but experience a creator’s emotions when the creator himself recites his work. It might not include extensive notes of musical choir, yet the voice of penman imbibes his words in an illustrious symphony. Such is the persona of the genius Piyush Mishra whose dialect and tone offers the experience of his verse to the audience. Accompanied with the ingenious dapper ZeeshanAyyub, the duo’s level of performance can never be matched.

6.“Aadha Sa Waada”: Irshaad Kamil and Imtiaz Ali

Irshaad Kamil and Imtiaz Ali Irshaad Kamil and Imtiaz Ali

‘And I tried to write a song, as if I were a lyricist…’
When two geniuses, possessing doughty, impregnable, baroque skills coalesce together, the outcome is real, extraordinary and unaltered, one you can’t help but clap for.

7.Indian Feminism

Indian Feminism Indian Feminism

Feminism is not just about equal rights for females, but fighting against ancient believes from scriptures and treating women as inferior. It’s about eliminating misogyny, overthrowing patriarchy, ending objectification of women. It’s about providing unbiased opportunities, rejecting social norms that enslave women to domesticity; it is being aware that lack of understanding in other’s perspectives will result in undesired conflicts and arguments. A discussion with ShabanaAzmi, Maj. Gen. VibhaDutta and some renowned women of our society will bring out the struggle for liberation of the way that power is structured through the construction of gender.

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One can’t emphasise enough that this grand festival is worth attending. Big names, popular authors and celebrities add to the diversity of the carnival, which makes it a must-see.
Visit, witness and review your experience. We’re sure it’ll be lavish!

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Art & Culture

The Chariots of Belief: The Spectacle that Rath Yatra is

Yashdeep Bajpai




As the parched sunburnt Earth is, now, drenched by the first showers of monsoon, the atmosphere satiate the sweet smell of the rejuvenation. In the month of Ashadh, the Lord comes out of the Sanctum Sanctorum to give the most coveted Darshana to his devotees.

The Car or Chariot Festival


The most important festival of Lord Jagannath which draws millions of devotees from around the country and different parts of the world to Puri in Odisha.It is also believed that those who take part in this festival are known to earn their passage to Heaven.

Snana Purnima


This festival begins on the day of Snana Purnima when the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra take a prolonged bath. Post this bath, the deities retire for fifteen days and remain in isolation and no public worship is performed during this time.

The Gods come out


After the fifteen days of isolation, Jagganath, Balabhadra and Subhadra idols are mounted on their respective rathas, and so begins the Rath Yatra. It generally starts in the monsoon, and the thundering chariots amidst the rains are a sight to behold and give experience of a lifetime. In terms of gaiety and colour, it is unimaginable as Rath Yatra being second to any other festival.

Juggernaut’s Origins


It’s believed that the etymological origin of the English word Juggernaut derives from the Mega-sized Rathas. These three separate Rathas have separate features and sizes.

The chariot for Jagannath is about 45 feet high and takes about 2 months to build. The artists and painters of Puri decorate the cars with bright motifs and art.

Gundicha Temple


The Rathas are brought out to the Bada Danda and travel to the Shri Gundicha Temple where they stay for nine days.Thereafter, the deities again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir in bahuda yatra.

Equality in Worship, ‘The sweeping Gajapati’


The most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra is the Chhera Pahara where the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots and sprinkle sandalwood water on the path. This signified that in the eyes of Lord Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati and the most humble devotee. It is also seen in the main offering to the Lord the common rice cake consumed by everyone in Odisha,the Poda Pitha and no dainty stuff.

Intense Fervour and Deep Reverence

decoration rath yatra





The sacred journey of the Gods is highly revered by the masses but the highlight of this festival is undoubtedly the stupendous and gorgeous chariots which will take your breath away. In terms of splendor, devotion, grandeur and liveliness, it is one of the grandest and most memorable spectacles of India. The God of the people rides to give Darshana even to the underrated deprived, in his procession everyone is an equal participant, pulling the Rathas to the immortal culmination of devotion and fervor.

This Rath Yatra allows the human soul to be driven by the pure unconditional love for the Supreme and its creation, is a reminder of the Nature’s Cycle of change, as is with the World. Nothing is stationary, and is always moving and ever-expanding.

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Re-evolve as a Human: Qualities we have lost over time.

Shreya Mishra




Evolution happens at so many levels – physical, mental, spiritual or biological, then what is re-evolving? Over the years, people and their mentality have changed which is legit because experience changed and so did the society. However, did anyone ponder upon what is lost during the course of the change? May be, or maybe not , but the result
is destructive. On one hand we are technologically advanced but on the other hand, we have lost few core values. Some people may agree, some might differ, few might avoid, but the idea will definitely hit the cognition.


It is really great practically and intellectually at par with others but while undertaking it all, we have to keep our emotional quotient in the parallel tangent. While we are busy being successful, on top, ahead of the time, we are losing on peace and balance. Wars over money, food, land, people, states etc. have left us with nothing but urge to conquer everything. Be it any discourse job, academics, personal life; we feel incomplete, something is always missing – relaxation, trust, companion or home.

Let’s talk about present times where corruption, hatred, hostility, envy, lust etc. have taken over the human within us. No one is bereft of these flaws, neither are they oblivious about it. Strangely, knowingly or unknowingly, people have started embracing these flaws. One can never be perfect or ideal, but one can always try to be better than before.



One of the most beautiful parts about being a human is having patience. Unfortunately all over the world, people are losing this quality. We all heard this phrase, “Patience is the key to success”, well, indeed it is. A successful career, relationship, bond,companionship etc everything requires patience. With patience, comes the power of tolerance. It is not right to tolerate injustice but it is also not right to react impulsively. Patience gives you and the other, time and space to think about their actions, which in turn may or may not make them understand but it will give you the chance you need.



Sympathy might be artificial, empathy comes naturally. When we empathize with someone, we start living in their shoes. We start thinking about how we would feel or react and hence it helps us in understanding others better. Empathy followed by understanding and positive compromises helps in maintaining a healthy relationship.
Patience and empathy come hand in hand.



Truth might hurt, but it will always keep things clear and transparent between people. Honesty is a virtue which most of us don’t possess. Unfortunately that’s a bitter truth. With honesty comes loyalty, you’ll never lose anyone’s trust. It’s never easy to say and accept the truth but in long-term, it gives you clarity and a stable mind. No inhibitions, no fear and when you have nothing to hide, you come out as a bold and strong human.

These three qualities will lead to development of other qualities like -understanding, confidence, sympathy, humbleness etc. Humanity is at stake, try being a better version of your own self. This world will turn into something we all are striving for.

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Love, Life and Society through the lines of Piyush Mishra





Piyush Mishra is not just a singer or a lyricist, but a powerful human with an overall package of intellect, talent and emotions. He is a theatre and film actor, music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter. He is sensitive, observant, witty and intellectual.
His songs “Are ruk ja re bande”, “Husna”, “Aarambh hai Prachand” etc clearly shows his sensitivity towards human nature, functions of the world and how the society works. He is a graduate from National School of Drama.
He was born with the name of Priyakant Sharma but later on changed it to Piyush Mishra as a sign of rebellion against his authoritative aunt. He has worked for films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Ghajini, Lahore, Agneepath, and he has also performed in the shows like Coke studio, Bharat ek Khoj etc.

Here are 10 beautiful quotes and lines written by him that shows various emotions we all go through:

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Read Also: Sahir Ludhianvi through the lens of time.

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