The Raj Bhavan of Lucknow, in the capital of Uttar Pradesh is an ancient and historical building, which is over 200 years old. This building was initially called Kothi Hayat Baksh and Major General Claude Martin drew the layout of this building. In the history of Avadh, Major General Claude Martin is revered as a renowned personality. The birth of Claude Martin took place in a city named Lyons in France on 4th January 1735. Claude Martin came to India in the year 1785 as a bodyguard of Count Dilaly. After staying for some time in southern and eastern parts of India, he later came to Lucknow. He was so fascinated by its beauty, rich culture and mannerisms of the inhabitants of Lucknow that he chose Lucknow to be his permanent place of residence. Undoubtedly Claude Martin was extremely talented and a man of many capabilities and qualities. Making plans for Lucknow, supervision of construction and maintenance of beautiful & magnificent structures were Martin's favorite hobbies. It was this talent that helped him to become the chief in Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulla's darbar.
Kothi Hayat Baksh is an airy and palatial building surrounded by high roofed verandahs. Only the Rajdarbar inside the Kothi is made as per Indian architecture, whereas remaining portion of the Bhavan is completely influenced by the western style. The arches of the Dewankhana are decorated with floral motifs and are beautifully painted in golden color.
It was indeed a great pleasure for my wife Nalini and me to visit this most wonderful school. The atmosphere of the school was fantastic. I was deeply impressed with the spirit and ethos of the school. The school is doing wonderful work in the field of education in this region. The children put up a spectacular show which is indicative of their talent. It was a wonderful visit. I wish the school all the very best, future growth and progress.