The entire city is decked up for Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the most popularly celebrated festivals in the country. One thing we look forward to during the festival is the Ganesh making competitions. Almost all of us have fond memories of these competitions in schools and colleges.
“The desire to win this competition used to be so strong that we used to plan and come up with eco-friendly ideas at least a month in advance,” says Prashanthi, an alumnus of Chinmaya Vidyalaya. “We’d come up with ways to keep our designs a secret from the students, and the passion with which we used to work for it was commendable’ she adds with a laugh while reminiscing about her school days.
Hyderabadis have always managed come up with new innovative ideas for making Ganesh idols. Vegetable carvings, idols made of leaves or pulses, clay and mud Ganesha, paper Ganesha, idols made from art out of waste like broken bangles, thread, old clothes, pencils and old CDs are some of the highly preferred ideas to win the prestigious Ganesh making competitions without harming the environment.
“The 2D clay Ganesha is the most trending Ganesha for kids. Draw Ganesha on a paper and instead of colouring them with crayons, fill the spaces with coloured clay moulds! That’s my five-year-old’s demand this year,” says Anusha, a young mother.