It seems the awareness created by both the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and NGOs about celebrating a dry Holi with natural colors has paid off.
A workshop conducted by Paryavaran Dakshta Manch, an NGO, on how to make natural colours witnessed overwhelming response from people, proving that they are keen on celebrating Holi in an eco-friendly way. Senior citizens and students participated in huge numbers and many societies placed bulk orders for natural colours.
Sangeeta Joshi, who manages the NGO, said, "Students from Stds V to VIII participated in the workshop. They made natural colours and took them home. Teachers from several schools participated as well. They now plan to pass on the knowledge to their students."
Experts who guided the participants explained the ill effects of artificial colours as they contain many harmful chemicals. They also informed people that natural colours are good for all skin types as there is no chance of developing any type of skin allergies with them. "All ingredients in natural colours are completely herbal and, hence, an eco-friendly Holi is the best option for everyone," an expert reiterated.
Beetroot, spinach, heena, turmeric and marigold among other natural items were used at the workshop.
Prachi Kamla, who participated in the workshop, said, "I didn't know that natural colours could be made at home. Both flower and kitchen waste can be utilised in a better way for making them."
Several students who participated said they would organise similar workshop in their societies and help others make natural colours at home. J Sharvin, who studies in Saraswati school, said, "I know the process well now. I will try to organise a workshop in my society for the benefit of other kids and elders."
Besides this, in an another initiative, Maharashtra Go Green Foundation has asked residential societies and complexes to plant five neem trees in their society and, in return, they will be given a kg of natural colours free. President of the foundation Kasber Augustine said, "The initiative is aimed at promoting an eco-friendly Holi by using natural colours as well as contributing to the city's green cover."