Panvelcha Maha Ganpati hopes to ‘save journalism’ this year
The biggest Ganpati of Panvel cityPanvelcha Maha Ganpati has been organised with a unique theme — save journalism.
This time, they are celebrating the festival at Nutan Gujarati School maidan on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road.
The pandal has been designed like Sinhashtha of Rajawada. Statues of six lions and a Nataraja have been placed along with the 21-feet Ganpati idol.
Artists from Film City in Mumbai have been invited to decorate the pandal just like a film set.
“Honest journalism is facing a lot of challenges across the world. Journalists are either being attacked or killed at different places of our country. On the other hand, big media houses are being dominated by the corporate world and politicians. Therefore, we have kept his theme this year. To save journalism, every journalist will have to start with himself,” said Kantilal Kadu, the chief organizer of the festival. A girl makes a clay Ganpati during a workshop at Vashi on Saturday.
Different cultural and spiritual events will be during the ten-day programme. Bhajan and kirtan, Maharashtrian Lavani dance, mantra pathan by the ladies teams are the highlights of the celebration.
They have also invited dance groups from the north-east to perform in the procession of Ganpati Visarjan.
“While organising this festival, we concentrate mainly on two things — devotion and service to the society. That is why we try to create awareness about different things by keeping a new theme every year,” he said.
The housing societies are also celebrating the festival by highlighting social issues. The Shubh Nirman Society of New Panvel is celebrating Ganpati with Swachh Bharat as their theme.
Keeping in mind the necessity of a pollution-free environment, they are going for an eco-friendly idol. The idol has been made by well-known artist Jasoraj from Kolkata.