Eco-friendly Murti making” workshop organized by Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha’s (JBGVS)

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Pune: 24th August: It is being observed that there is an increasing trend towards celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner, in line with the sustainable Indian traditions. This positive attitude is slowly being witnessed during Ganeshotsav. While celebrating the festival without harming the environment, there is a rising preference for traditional clay Murtis. The recent “Eco-friendly Murti making” workshop organized by Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha’s (JBGVS) Samaj Seva Kendra got tremendous response.
“Eco-friendly Murti making” workshop
The workshop is being organized consistently for the past 6-7 years in JBGVS Samaj Seva Kendra in Akurdi (Pune). The one-day workshop conducted this year on 19th August was attended by 110 children and women. The participation was just 20-25 in the initial years and the interest in the same has been rising over time. Along with children, now women are also participating in the same. Youngsters and adults presented their creativity, while learning to make something new, in this workshop that was conducted in the green and tranquil campus of JBGVS Samaj Seva Kendra.
Famous Murti maker Mangesh Dakhve taught the participants the technique of making Murtis from Shadu clay. He also gave demonstrations and provided guidance to the participants in making their own Murti. Children and women from Akurdi and Nigdi participated in this workshop.
Commenting on the success of the workshop, Swati Deshpande, Coordinator, JBGVS Samaj Seva Kendra, said,“This workshop spreads the message of environment conservation. These days not many opportunities are available to create something from soil using one’s hands. Such an opportunity is provided by this workshop, which also gives the joy of having created something on one’s own. Thus, it fulfils dual objectives.”
Hobby, worship and prizes
The participants found a new hobby from this workshop, which if developed systematically has the potential to give them immense joy. The parents of participating children gave a very positive feedback and mentioned that their kids are thoroughly enjoying the skills learnt during the workshop. Most participants took away the Murtis made by them and some are even going to install and worship the same during Ganeshotsav. Moreover, during the Bhondla cultural event that will be organized in Samaj Seva Kendra in the next month, 5 prizes will be given away to the winners of this workshop.