Hyderabad braces for mellowed Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi festivities are prone to be smaller and home-centric, as authorities attraction to keep away from public celebrations, within the wake of COVID-19

Ganesh Chaturthi festivities, which can start in Hyderabad on August 22, are prone to be low-key this 12 months. Endowments minister for Telangana State, A Indrakaran Reddy, animal husbandry minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar have all urged folks to chorus from public gatherings, because the State continues to grapple with COVID-19.

While it will likely be a wait-and-watch scenario to gauge whether or not Hyderabad will adjust to social distancing tips and have fewer pandals throughout town, it appears sure that the celebrations will probably be mellowed and digital darshans are being deliberate. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has been stepping up the marketing campaign to make extra folks use smaller clay idols for properties.

Necessitated by the pandemic, will town revert to intimate, home-bound celebrations prefer it used to again within the 80s, earlier than the pandal tradition grew in reputation and the 11-day festivities culminated in grand idol immersion processions to completely different water our bodies within the metropolis, notably Tank Bund? A number of who’ve been selling eco-friendly life-style, assert that small is massive and fewer is extra.

Back to the soil

Bhargavi Bijjam makes use of turmeric, rice flour and maida for the idol  
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In latest years, Bhargavi Bijjam, a vocal supporter of efficient waste administration, has been encouraging residents in her gated group in Chandanagar to have fun the competition with minimal wastage. Flowers, turmeric, kumkum and different puja gadgets are assembled in reusable bowls. Residents carry meals choices in metal/reusable plates and vessels. Plastic is a strict no. “We attempt to keep away from meals wastage by taking turns to make the prasadam,” she says.

While the gated group installs an idol made from clay, Bhargavi makes an idol utilizing turmeric, maida and rice flour for her dwelling. To drive dwelling the purpose that festivals might be minimal waste celebrations, on Instagram Bhargavi demonstrated how the flowers she used for Varalakshmi puja later went into compost and used to nourish the soil. “It feels good to celebrate without harming the environment,” she provides.

Of mellow yellows

An idol painted by Sravanthy Anand using vegetable dyes

Sravanthy Anand has been sourcing clay Ganeshas from an artist in Vijayawada, and like yearly portray them utilizing turmeric yellow, kumkum pink and a hue of inexperienced derived from combining spinach, hibiscus and a wide range of jasmine.

The latest incessant rains have posed an issue with the colors not drying nicely sufficient, however Sravanthy has been at work, attempting her greatest. She’s adept at making Ganesh idols for automobile dashboards, however for the competition the place idols should be made utilizing clay within the neighborhood of water our bodies, she liaises with an artist who makes use of moulds to carve the proper idols.

“All the idols have been pre-booked and I am giving the finishing touch with minimalist natural colours,” she says.

The idols Sravanthy decorates are from four-inch to one-feet tall. She says, “There’s a slow but growing awareness among people to use clay idols. However, some of the idols commonly sold in the market tend to be mixed with cement to make the idols durable.”

Virtual darshan

Elsewhere, in Gautami Enclave in Kondapur, the residents plan to proceed their eco-friendly celebrations just like the earlier years. At the tip of the festivities, the residents immerse the idol in a typical small water physique inside the gated group. This 12 months, a digital darshan is within the works for the residents.

File photo of a clay idol installed at Gautami Enclave last year

File picture of a clay idol put in at Gautami Enclave final 12 months  
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Says Krishna Mohan, common secretary of the gated group, “This 12 months we’ve deliberate a one-day celebration owing to the pandemic. A 3.5-feet clay idol will probably be put in within the park and just one couple will attend the puja, whereas others can view it reside by our residents’ Facebook group. We plan to immerse the idol in the neighborhood park space.”

In Hyderabad of yore, festivities have been smaller and home-centric and clay idols have been immersed in wells or close by water our bodies earlier than the Maharastrian fashion of putting in pandals in public areas caught on, remembers Anant Maringanti of Hyderabad Urban Lab: “Bonalu had bigger celebrations back then. The competitive spirit of Ganesh festivities began with the communalisation of Old City,” he says.

He additionally appears on the rise of pandals and public celebrations of festivals resembling Ganesh Chaturthi and Dasara in Hyderabad by the socio-economic prism: “As more residential colonies came up in what used to be a city of farm lands, hills and water bodies, the poor who had no voice felt alienated. Festivals are occasions during which they began taking to public spaces without the fear of being stopped or questioned. Gradually, the middle class also joined in the celebrations for a sense of belonging to community-driven festivals,” he factors out.

Toned-down celebrations this 12 months will hopefully assist curtail the additional unfold of COVID-19 circumstances.

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