Hyderabad: Located in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Lamakaan has been a quiet escape for many Hyderabadis. Apart from the food, Hyderabadis visit Lamakaan to witness various events organised in the place. Always filled with people, Lamakaan has been Hyderabadi’s favourite place to explore art, to learn, to meet new people and to perform.

But due to a nationwide lockdown, Lamakaan shut its doors on March 16. It issued a closure notice stating that all the events have been cancelled. But almost a month later, Lamakaan started having online sessions to educate Hyderabadis from April 14.

Manager of Lamakaan, Kranti Madalacarthy, speaking to NewsMeter said, “We closed Lamakaan even before the government declared lockdown and cancelled all our events. Like all others, we also thought that the lockdown will end by March, but the situation started getting worse.”

As Lamakaan authorities realized that the lockdown is not going to end any time soon, they planned to start online events.

Kranti said, “The first event that was held on April 14 was ‘Remembering Ambedkar’ after which we had several workshops on parenting and crafts. We then started bringing in prominent faces and people closely working to check the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Most of the online events that are being conducted by Lamakaan are on creating awareness related to Covid-19.

Kranti said that the response to their online events was not encouraging as it was just the beginning. There are major events slated for May 2 and May 16. She says, “We expect more people to join the events soon.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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