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This costume party was not all fun and games, it had a cause

Nidhi Varma, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 21, 2013
First Published: 00:48 IST(21/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:49 IST(21/1/2013)

Tiger conservation, the India-Pakistan Line of Control conflict, organ donation: costumes at this year’s Mumbai marathon went beyond being innovative and attractive and highlighted social and political causes.

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Sporting army uniforms and plastic rifles, a five-member south Mumbai family including Kanti Gada and Miten Satra represented the Indian Army in the dream run.

They have been participating in the marathon since its inception, and over the past ten years have worn costumes to support issues such as tiger conservation and saving trees.

“This year, we decided to pay tribute to our army since we have been reading about the LoC conflict,” said Satra.

Marine Lines resident Apurva Sampat and his friends were dressed in costumes on themes such as female foeticide, organ donation, justice and peace.

“We always choose recent happenings in the country and wear costumes around it to show are support,” said Sampat, 30, who wore a jail uniform with a rope around his neck to support death penalty for rapists and terrorists.

Amita Gupta, 30, won the best individual costume for a heart wrenching depiction of female foeticide. She wore a costume showing a destroyed womb and held a blood-covered foetus in her hand.

Shrimad Rajchandra, a non-government organisation, won the award for group costume, scoring a hat trick this year with the theme of ‘one world’ that symbolised unity.

“This year, I chose to be part of the dream run to support the planet’s conservation,” said Shantilal Desai, 52, a Borivli resident who was dressed in artificial leaves and flowers to represent the Earth.


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