This Friday, Mould a Clay Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi!

This Ganesh Chaturthi say goodbye to Ganpati idols made up of plaster of paris and say yes to eco-friendly idols that are made up of clay and natural colours that breakdown easily during visarjan. Also, if you care to attend this workshop tomorrow, your Ganpati idol will also help in increasing green cover. 

Yes, you read that right. Elsie Gabriel, an environment enthusiast and founder of Young Environmentalists is going to hold a workshop on Friday where participants will learn how to make their own Ganpati idols using silt and natural colours. But the most important bit is that participants will be given seed to be used while making the idols so that once the idol is discarded, plants can grow out of it. 

"We are trying to make people and children connect to their roots with this workshop," says Elsie. "Earlier, idols were made from clay and straw that would disintegrate easily without damaging the environment. Plaster of paris, however, does not breakdown easily and chokes water bodies after visarjan," she added. 

Participants will be provided with silt from Powai lake and there will be artisans to help them mould the clay into figures of their lovable Bappa. "Once people feel the clay in their fingers and experience the joy of moulding an image of their god with their own hands, they rarely opt for idols made up of plaster anymore," said Elsie who has been conducting such workshops for 15 years. "Moulding clay is also therapeutic," she added.

Elsie also said that participants usually take their Bappa idols back home and after worshipping it, leave it in their gardens or on flowerpots so that the seeds inside the idol can germinate and grow into plants. So if you enjoy getting your hand dirty and would like to bring a personalized and eco-friendly Ganpati idol home, you know where to be this Friday.

Date: Friday, 11 August 2017
Time: 12pm 
Venue: Meluha The Fern An Ecotel Hotel-
Hiranadani Powai
Contact: 9967347511

Author Credit: Ankita Sengupta

 

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