Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has planned several programmes on the occasion of the completion of 125 years of Ganeshotsav in the city.
The programmes will be inaugurated on Saturday, August 12, by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Shaniwarwada.
“We will be launching the logo, the mascot, a mobile app and a website to mark the occasion at the event at Shaniwarwada on Saturday. This will be followed by a cultural programme, where the theme song that has been specially composed for the event will be launched. Eminent artistes such as Shankar Mahadevan, Bela Shende and Udit Narayan are a part of this song. Later, the audience will be able to watch ‘Marathi Bana’, a programme on the Marathi culture by Ashok Hande,” said Mayor Mukta Tilak.
Tilak said a special flag has been designed by the PMC, which will be hoisted on Shaniwarwada from Saturday till the end of Ganeshotsav.
On August 20, there will be a bike rally beginning at 8 am from the PMC building via Shaniwarwada, Swargate, Alka Talkies, Shastri Road, Nal Stop, FC Road, JM Road, etc. The rally will end near Ramanbaug.
The two following events will be considered for Guinness Book of World Records. One of them is a Dhol-Tasha performance with over 3,000 participants at SP College ground on August 23. In the second event, over 3,000 students from the city will be making clay Ganesh idols at Late Baburao Sanas Ground, Swargate on August 24.
“Besides, there will be a wall painting of the 3,500 sq km length made by the students of around eight colleges in the city. This year, besides Ganesh mandals, there will be an eco-friendly Ganesh contest even for housing societies. We are also in talks with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for being the brand ambassador of the festival,” Tilak added.