Res­i­dents choose unique themes for cel­e­bra­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­

Where most pan­dals have themes and mes­sages to mark the on­go­ing Ganeshot­sav, a few Bappa devo­tees have come up with some in­no­va­tive themes for the fest.

Vashi res­i­dent Har­ish Gupta and his fam­ily have con­cep­tu­alised a very unique theme ti­tled ‘Chak de Casino’ for their 12th year of cel­e­bra­tion this time.

Once you en­ter the home, you will be wel­comed with red, white and black gas bal­loons at the en­trance. They have put up sev­eral pic­tures on the walls of their en­trance lobby such as casino games of poker and black­jack. You will also find games like the roulette. Dices strewn around the place also gives it a quirky feel.

“We have been work­ing for the last 2-3 months col­lect­ing posters, con­cep­tu­al­is­ing games, mak­ing the theme, col­lect­ing jumbo cards and gold cards that are all spe­cial US edi­tion ones,” said Kaanchi Gupta, daugh­ter of Har­ish Gupta.

The best part of their theme is the makhar, which is de­signed around teen patti. The 2 feet shadu clay idol is por­trayed to be play­ing Ma­hab­harata’s Chausar game, in­di­cat­ing that Lord Gane­sha is the ul­ti­mate win­ner and his three mice come across as three dif­fer­ent kinds of hu­man be­ings. The vis­i­tors are greeted with a cup of cof­fee, a box of sweets and a casino key­chain. “The en­tire con­cept is en­gag­ing for the vis­i­tors who San­pada res­i­dent Nilesh Han­chate has dec­o­rated his Gan­pati shrine with 12,500 thread rolls.

also play some of the games,” she said.

San­pada res­i­dent Nilesh Han­chate cel­e­brates Ganesh Chaturthi in a unique fash­ion ev­ery year.

He has been or­gan­is­ing en­vi­ron­ment-friendly cel­e­bra­tions for the last 10 years. This year, he used 30kg sewing ma­chine thread rolls for the dec­o­ra­tions. The 2-foot shadu clay idol has been dec­o­rated with 12,500 thread rolls giv­ing it a colour­ful ap­peal. Last year, he had used 500 fruits for the dec­o­ra­tions.

“When I had de­cided to bring the Lord home, I had made up my mind that is go­ing to be some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery year. My cousin who does nee­dle work her­self has been col­lect­ing thread rolls for the last four years and has contributed to this

year’s theme,” said Han­chate. He said eco-friendly cel­e­bra­tions were the need of the hour.

“Syn­thetic chem­i­cals and plas­tic flows into the wa­ter body and in­crease its acid­ity to kill aquatic life. Thread, clay, pa­per, mud or nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents sim­ply melt and blend into the wa­ter,” he as­serted.

Turbhe-based Rahul Bhoir is another theme lover who trans­formed his home into Pune’s fa­mous Dagdu Sheth. His 4 feet eco-friendly idol made by Bhoir is a replica of Dagdu Sheth and has been adorned with di­a­monds. “We have used ther­mo­col, cloth and pa­per for the de­sign. The en­cour­age­ment from devo­tees for the last 10 years keeps me mo­ti­vated to come up with dif­fer­ent themes,” said Bhoir.

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