Holi and Rang Panchami are big festivals in Indore. Colour is liberally used and joy is distributed. But the fear is about use of chemical colours.
These chemical colours contain lead, mercury and copper sulphate. The chemicals can cause simple allergy to serious renal failure. It is time to take to natural and organic colours.
Jimmy McGilligan Center for Sustainable Development’s director Janak McGilligan has announced a month-long plans for the festival starting from Sunday. Working on the concept of ‘Healthy Happy Holi’, Janak is promoting organic colours.
The month long campaign would have three-hour workshop every day till March 15 in which preparation of organic Holi colours with the help of different ingredients like beat root, oranges, spinach and poi which would be processed with solar power instruments and under the guidance of Janak and her team.
“The workshop is open for all-individuals, groups and organizations, whoever wants to prepare the organic colours with solar power,” said Janak.
The liquid colours would be made with poi and spinach, in which the waste of vegetables would be dried, boiled and sieved for the coloured extract and orange peels would be dried and ground to get dry colours.
The preparation has already begun at the centre of collecting the ingredients, from individuals and organizations. While hotel Radisson Blu has started supplying the waste orange peels for making the colours and people are also giving in their waste newspapers.
“In case the sunlight is not sufficient, we would use the paper prickets on chulha to make the colours,” said Janak.
The workshop would be open for the participants as well as those who want to teach their methods of making organic colours, preferably using solar power. Let us make this holi a eco-friendly festival.