Nawab Asaf-ud-Dowlah (1748 - 1797) is considered the Shah Jahan of Lucknow. He tried to surpass the fame
Mughal architecture, building number of architectural delights like Bara Imambara,Asafi Mosque & Qaisar Bagh area.
It is said that the construction of the Imambara was undertaken to provide employment and sustenance to the people
during the famine of 1784.
In 1775 he was the one to shift the capital of Awadh from Faizabad to Lucknow.
Naushad Ali, the legendary film music composer , belongs to Lucknow.He is known for using classical notes,
in his many of his songs. Composing music sincs 1937, his famous works include Mughal-e-Azam, Razia Sultana etc.
Muzzafar Ali is a famous film maker, designer and social activist. He made the movie 'Umrao Jaan' starring
Rekha, Farookh Sheikh.
Pandit Lacchu Maharaj
Pandit Lacchu Maharaj , the great Kathak exponent was born in Lucknow.He was the choreographer in movies like 'Mughal-e-Aazam',"Mahal' and 'Pakeeza'.
Actresses like Nargis, Waheeda Rehman , Kumkum were his diciples.
Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey
Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey, was the awardee of the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honour of the land.
He received this award for his unmatched bravery and valiant efforts during the Kargil war.
He was awrded this award posthumously.
Anup Jalota, also known as the 'Bhajan Samrat' for his unparalled contribution to the hindi
devotional music, has strong roots in the city.
Amritlal Nagar, the renowned litrateaur of Hindi, belonged to Lucknow. His close connection with the city and his
impact on its cultural imprint are unmistakable.
Talat Mahmood is a famous singer and artist. He is particularly known for his rendition of 'ghazals'.
He was born in Lucknow.
R P Singh
R P Singh, the medium paced bowler , who was also the part of the T20 World Cup winning cricket team lives in Lucknow.
Shankar Dayal Sharma
Shankar Dayal Sharma, the former President of India, did his Masters in Law from Lucknow University.
He taught law and also first started his
practice as a lawyer in Lucknow.
Subrata Roy 'Sahara'
Subrata Roy is the founder of the Sahara Group of companies,with headquarters in Lucknow.