For those enthusiasts wanting to take eco-friendly Ganeshotsav from mere coffee table discussions to actually making Ganesh idols, which are ecologically safe, software-professional-turned artist Mandar Marathe is holding workshops to make your own ‘green’ idols.
The three-session workshop is of three hours each over three days. On day 1 and 2, participants would make Ganesh idols. In the third session, they would paint the idol, as a gap of at least two weeks is required for the idols to dry.
Aniket Joshi, a standard III student said that he could not make a very good idol last year, and so joined the first batch this year. He said, “My parents have agreed to install my idol this year.” His elder brother Abhishek, of class VIII student, is also at the workshop.
So is 73-year old Wing Commander (retd) Ramesh Jog, for whom the joy of creating with his hands was incomparable. Varsha Joshi, a teacher at Paranjape Nursery School, Kothrud, is also a student of Marathe’s painting classes.
Mandar Marathe, 38, said, “It is important to inculcate the values of preserving our environment in all. These Ganesh idols can be immersed in a bucket at home, as the soil (shadu) dissolves completely in water.” Marathe has been spreading the message of home immersion for over two years.