Noor Khan is an educationist and retired as the Principal of Karamat Husain College, Lucknow. She is a member of the core team of Sanatkada and has worked closely with the organization since it was set up by Madhavi Kuckreja as a weaves and crafts outlet in Lucknow in 2006.
Sanatkada’s annual theme based festival under the banner Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival (since 2010) has become an important event on Lucknow’s cultural calendar. The theme changes every year and focuses on Lucknow’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. Some interesting themes in the past have been the celebration of Lucknow’s crafts, food, pehnawa,
communities, its feminists, qasbas, its French connection .
Sanatkada has a wide outreach but its basic business remains the same – that, it is a weaves and crafts outlet and its commitment to craft practitioners has deepened with time. The theme of the 10th MSLF was a celebration of the beautiful craft practices of Lucknow – Husn-e-karigari-e-Awadh. So Gyan and Mohammad Ali are not random blockmakers and printers, they are master craftsmen who participate regularly in the MSLF and with whom Sanatkada shares a special relationship. They best represent the husn for which the karigari of Lucknow is widely appreciated.