Pune: In an unique initiative to make Ganesh festival celebrations eco-friendly, over 1,000 children participated in Eco-Friendly Ganesh idol making workshop on Sunday at eight places across the city.
The event was organised by Sakal Media Group. Presenting Sponsor was Guardian Corporation while Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-op Society Ltd was the Associate Sponsor.
The workshop was held at City International School at Kothrud, Pune Central Mall at Karve Road, Abhiruchi Mall Multiplex at Sinhagad Road, SSMS Sanvidd English Medium School at Parvati, Novel International School at Nigdi, CM International School at Balewadi, East Court at Phoenix Market City, Viman Nagar and Mount Litera Zee School at Wakad. The organisers have expressed gratitude towards them for becoming this event’s venue partners.
Speaking about the workshop, Rupali Dhamdhere, Head Mistress of CM International School said that it is heartwarming to see the children of Pune engage in such a wonderful activity here. “We are proud to host such a wonderful initiative by Sakal Media Group. The God of good beginnings is about to visit us soon and they are giving him a lovely green welcome. We believe in doing our small bit for society. This is ideal platform to display creativity,” said Rupali.
Shubhangi Dillon, mother of young participant Aditya of Std V, said, “This is the first time my son has participated in such an event.
The same activity was conducted last year too by Sakal but my son participated in the event for the first time.
The activity is directly helping in keeping the environment safe.”
The children made Ganesh idols in various styles and designs. Impressed by the same, member of Strokes Institute, Sinhagad Road, who conducted the workshop at CM International School, said, “The idols that children have come up with can be compared to the abstract idol paintings that the artists make.” Snehal Kulkarni and Chetan Pansare from Strokes Institute and their team managed the whole show.
All participants were given participation certificates, which encouraged the students to spread the message of eco-friendly celebrations to their family and friends.