The festive season is around the corner and it begins with Ganeshotsav. The enthusiasm of citizens all over India and Mumbai can be seen along the bylanes where people are busy making the Ganesha idols or buying them. Lord Ganesha is welcomed with full masti and music.
NGO Young Environmentalists ushered in the Eco Ganesha festival in the Mumbai. While welcoming lord Ganesha means a lot to us, so does bidding a good bye. Keeping in mind the love for environment, this NGO took the initiative to make Ganesha idols with Mithi river and Powai lake clay to make them eco friendly for the city dwellers.
Over 300 citizens ushered in the forthcoming Ganesha festival with gaiety and worship in the city, using clay from the Mithi river and Powai lake at Galleria Hiranandani Powai on August 8th 2015. The atmosphere was electric with Ganpatti Bappa Morya hymns and shouts of joy, ushered in early to welcome the Lord Ganesha in full dhamaal. The spirit of the Ganpati festival kicked in early, bonding the community with various artworks of the God.
Hundreds made beautiful idols of lord Ganesha with his ” Pyara sa pet”, ” Grand Mukut’ , ” Avatar’ ” Modaks’ and even a beautiful welcoming ‘Trunk” for each artistic piece. Many citizens won awards for the best creations.
Abhijeet Chavan from the MCGM and Hiranandani Group Director Prakash Shah as well as Sudipto Lahiri , as well as patrons Sushma Chavan, Simran Ahuja,Mandira Bhattacharya, Dipika Dave and Komal Prakash graced the occasion. Eminent artists Kala Soni and Rajeshwari Nedungadi who excel in Ganesha paintings exhibited their art works for sale towards the charitable cause of Eco Ganeshas for the NGO.
International Kathak dancer Megh Banerjee wowed the audience with his mesmerizing performances, and Ballerina Ruchira did a western eastern fusion dance in praise of Lord Ganesha, while the Abhinash Payal school of Dance members performed to the delight of the crowds who cheered them on with resounding accolades. The crowds kept wanting more in celebration of the bountiful monsoons and showers which also accompanied the cultural extravaganza. The event was done in association with the Hiranandani group of companies, Starlite Optics, Neo Skin and Cosmetic clinic and the NSS of Chandraban Sharma college and S.M.Shetty College NSS.
Says Elsie Gabriel founder Young Environmentalists programme trust NGO which hosted the educational interactive event, “The citizens must be aware that a river flows through our city and a serene lake also exists, we are so privileged yet both these water bodies are not only neglected but many citizens still do not know of their existence. Using clay from these natural sources is aimed to highlight the plight of the water bodies and also use them as a good medium for an interactive lesson of clay art and therapy. People made eco Ganeshas with biodegradable decorations and eco colours to spread the message of promoting an eco friendly idol this year for the festival.”
Some years ago the court ruling had mentioned that eco friendly idols were being promoted by the government but it is only when people realize that our ancestors used silt from river beds to make the idols for the Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati festivals, will they know that it is a lost art that we need to simply revive the art method and medium. After creating the own idol and each participant went home taking a pledge to multiply this eco friendly message in their community.
It was a civic message driven event without preaching and the next generation for sure will help save the planet earth.The festive spirit was brought in with full fervor and spirit to welcome Lord Ganesha in a Green eco friendly style.
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