Pune: Over 3,000 students attempted to set a record in the Guinness World Records by sculpting Ganesh idols of clay (shadu). The event was part of the programmes organised by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to commemorate 125 years of Ganeshotsav in the city.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, Mayor Mukta Tilak, Deputy Mayor Dr Siddharth Dhende, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar, Standing Committee President Murlidhar Mohol, MLA Medha Kulkarni, among others were present on the occasion.
Milind Verlekar of Bharatiyam, an organisation associated with the event, said, “Out of 3,100 students who registered for the event, 3,082 turned up at the Late Baburao Sanas Ground, Swargate. Earlier, this kind of record for idol-sculpting has been created in Hong Kong by 1,082 students. However, the attempt at the Sanas ground is better and eco-friendly. We would be giving all the details to officials of Guinness World Records.”
The event started at 10.40 am. The students finished sculpting the idols by 12.05 pm. Sculptor Vivek Khatavkar guided the students by giving them demonstration throughout the event.Javdekar applauded the initiative and said, “Eco-friendly Ganesh festival is the need of the hour. Sculpting idols from clay (shadu) and planting seeds in those, is as good as any other tree plantation. And planting trees is equal to creating a bank of oxygen for the generations to come.”
Bapat said implementing such innovative ideas is the specialty of Puneites, and not only is this activity environment- friendly, but it has also encouraged students’ creativity.