Lamakaan: Hyderabad’s unique center for creativity bags Yudhvir Award

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The 28th Yudhvir Foundation Memorial Award will be presented to Lamakaan, Hyderabad’s unique center for creativity that celebrates freedom of expression in all forms and has evolved as an iconic democratic and progressive cultural venue in the city. Principal Secretary-IT, Jayesh Ranjan, will present the award at KLN Prasad Auditorium, FTCCI, Red Hills.

Lamakaan is an open cultural center in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India. The non-profit organization provides space for events such as arts, literature, theater, music, debates, etc.

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Lamakaan hosts Pecha Kucha, concerts of famous artists like Warsi Brothers, Vittal Rao, Ateeq Hussain Khan among others. It conducts book releases, plays and seminars. It hosts events like Wikipedia Meetups. Theatre groups have performed at Lamakaan including Samahaara, Sutradhar, Manch Theatre, Nishumbita, Evam, Shudrka, Taher Ali Baig Productions, and others.


Brainchild of Ashhar Farhan, Biju Mathew, Humera Ahmed and Elahe Hiptoola, Lamakaan opened its doors in March, 2010 and its programming is consciously centered around conversations that matter to the people. It acts as a platform for performances that raise questions on gender, politics, tribal rights and LGBTQ concerns to events that would otherwise not have found a platform elsewhere, according to a press release.

In just a few years, Lamakaan transformed an old family home into a throbbing hub of culture. It has been the birthplace for popular clubs, including their own initiatives — Start-up Saturday, Sunday Organic Bazaar, Pecha Kucha, Handloom Exhibition, Night School and LARC (Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club).

So far, it has hosted more than 777 plays, 809 talks, 750 workshops, 481 music and dance performances, 309 art shows and 383 movie screenings among other events. In appreciation of Lamakaan’s spirit and passion, the Trustees of Yudhvir Foundation decided to present its founders the 28th Yudhvir Memorial Award, the release added.

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