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Flower power: Pandal uses 80 kg of flowers

mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2012 01:31 IST
Reetika Subramanian

At the Ganpati pandal at the Matunga's flower market area, preparations for the 40th edition of the festival have continued even after the five-foot idol was placed last Wednesday.

With three different backdrops to be created for the pandal using 80 kilograms of fresh flowers and cane sticks, a team of craftsmen from Mylapore in Chennai have been working in a small tent set-up alongside the pandal.

The craftsmen, who pride themselves on their famous clients including actors Rajinikanth and Surya, have been working round the clock.

"It takes almost six days to prepare the setup for each of the backdrops." said Babuji, a craftsman part of the team headed by Chennai-based artist Arohikyanathan.

"We have to first carve the cane framework on which the flowers are individually stuck on sheets of paper to suit the theme."

"Since the flowers wither and lose their colour within three days, we change the setup on the first, fourth and the eighth day of the festival," said Arohikyanathan, who along with his team created a peacock and the figurine of Lord Vishnu using the flowers this year.

"Nobody can create magic with flowers in the way we do," he added.

For the local flower sellers, who are commemorating the festival for the 40th year, the festival is that time of the year when they offer their gratitude to the deity.

"The flowers that are used for preparing the décor are provided by the local flower sellers. Each of the stall owners even contributes money as an offering for the festival preparations." said N Ulaganathan, treasurer, Matunga Flower Market Association.

"The pandal has already had quite a turnout over the past week", he added.