Monday, September 2, 2019

Photography Show on awareness of Eco Friendly GANESHA

Photography Show on awareness of Eco Friendly  GANESHA

Bangalore: The making of Ganesha is photo solo show. Statues are made by artisans put months of effort into making the statues from different parts of the country and brought to the homes, podiums, pandals and install the Ganesha and do pranapritishta and finally immerse in water. The whole process of sequences from statue making till immersion is photographed from different parts of the country Hyderabad, Mumbai, Sangola Maharashtra, and Bangalore by Mr. M. Lokeshwara Rao (IFS ), Principal chief Conservator of Forests (Rtd) and presently Director of Earth Day Network.

Mr. Rao photographed nearly 30 photographs of the Ganesh in different stages. The whole sequence is photographed in different years and exhibited. The whole process of photographing is exciting. 
 Many photos were taken in Hyderabad when i was working in Hyderabad and  want to showcase the work done the process of making Ganesha, hence the exhibition.

Ganesh Chaturuthi in India is celebrated with much pomp and zeal every year. The ten day festival begins with the birthday of Lord Ganesh. On the tenth day the followers bid farewell in a grand procession that ends with Visarjan of the Lord’s Idol in water bodies.

The festival has a special relevance apart from its holy nature. The festival was a special effort to unite people by Mr. Bhausaheb Laxman Javale in 1892 in Pune during the National Movement.  Though the festival is to celebrate presence of Lord Ganesha and unification of people it results in enormous water pollution caused by Ganesh Visarjan.

A lot of waste is left by the end of Ganesh Visarjanin water bodies that leads to water pollution. The residue of flowers, fruits, incense sticks in polythene bags create a dump on the beaches and shores of water bodies. Most of the idols are made with Plaster of Paris that i.e.  Calcium Sulphate hemi-hydrate which takes several months to get dissolved causing prolonged water pollution. The colors that are used for decorating the idols mainly consists of lead and mercury that is highly toxic. It increase acid component in water that destroys plants and marine life disturbing the overall ecosystem.

People are mostly unaware of the water pollution it causes. It is important that we educate people with the alternate methods of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi without water pollution caused by Ganesh Visarjan.

The present show is for celebration of the eco friendly ganesha with clay ganesha. The plaster of paris ganesha are doing much harm to environment and when the immersion of the ganesha and to create awareness.

Sri Rao who is working as Director Earth Day Network at present show case his photograph work to create awareness of pollution of using plaster of paris Ganesh idol and requesting to use clay idol.

The show started on 31 August 2019 will continue till  4th September 2019 11 AM to 7 PM at Navarathans Antique Art, Jayangar Bangalore.

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