This year Pankhudi Mumbai and Art Pitara joined hands to make it an eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi. Art Pitara conducted ECO GANESHA workshop for our kids in slums of Suman Nagar. About 40 kids (4-15 years of age) and 10 volunteers participated in the workshop and learnt to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols.
The workshop began with a short film showing the hazards of pollution caused due to immersion of POP Ganesh idols. Kids were later involved in an interactive session with all volunteers, wherein, they were made to understand the importance of celebrating the festival in an eco-friendly fashion.
We began the activity by kneading the clay by mixing it in water in some utensils/buckets.The base material used was “Shaadu” (White clay). Two 35kg bags were procured from Thane and brought to the classroom. About 2 kgs of the clay were taken by Rashmi (from Art Pitara team) to prepare a template idol. By keeping the template idol in front, the children started making idols of their own and were assisted by the volunteers.
It was heart warming to see the kids with smiling faces getting their tiny hands into the clay and enjoying to make their own eco friendly idols. Some kids came out with wonderful work.
When the idols were completed, Rashmi showed the class how to colour and decorate the idols using eco friendly colours like turmeric paste for yellow colour, etc. As the idols took some time to dry, the children were asked to take the idols home and colour them after drying.
The air was filled with shouts of “Ganpati Bappa Morya”. Kids were excited to take their Ganesh idols home and worship them during the coming Ganesh festival. After the festival they immersed the idols in a bucket of water and used it for watering the trees in their area.
We are grateful to Rashmi and Yatin from Art Pitara for helping us to hold such a lively and informative event and thank all our volunteers for making the event such a grand success.
All snaps have been uploaded to our Picasa gallery.