Pan­velcha Maha Gan­pati hopes to ‘save jour­nal­ism’ this year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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