Staford School does not believe in pure class room teaching; our focus is on providing practical knowledge through learning by doing. To connect the students to their legacy, a visit to Sanatkada Lucknow Festival was arranged for the students of class VA and VB. Santakada Lucknow Festival is an annual event organized by ‘Sanatkada’ NGO.
Young Stafordians took the Heritage walk, which started from Press club and ended at Safed Baradari. They were provided with the historic importance of various historical monuments like Begum Hazrat Mahal’s house, Lakhi darwaza, Chandi wali Baradari and Safed Baradari. The students were fascinated to see the beautiful architecture of their city and learnt about the fact that it required a lot of hardwork and time to construct these masterpieces.
Sanatkada Festival provided the glimpse of the beautiful array of weaves and crafts and the scrumptious plates of Awadhi cuisine to the students. The festival was a kaleidoscope of culture and charm. It is the core of Old Lucknow. Today, this historic core displays a combination of unique cultural attractions, prominently in the form of its built environment and considerable commercial and artisan activities associated both with the location of the area and its resident population. As Francisi Awadhi Ta’alluqaat (The French Connection with Awadh) is the theme for this year’s festival, the students understood that the French left a strong impression on the city through architecture, art, craft, performing arts and literature in their relatively short stint in Awadh.
It was a real time experience and an educational trip for the students that helped them in creating emotional ties with their city and at the same time understanding the challenges which the heritage is facing.