In an effort to promote eco-friendly Ganesha festival, the Young Environmentalists Programme (YEP), a non-government organisation, will be holding Eco Ganesha and Potters Festival at Rodas Ecotel, Powai, on July 30.
“Clay is completely natural. Those who like a dash of colour will be given a few natural colours made from multani mitti and turmeric to decorate the clay idol,” said Elsie Gabriel, founder of YEP.
“The festival is aimed at preserving the traditional art of earthen pottery, thus making it easier for people to conserve nature during festivals.”
Through the one-day workshop, citizens will be taught to sculpt an eco-friendly Ganesha idol made of pure clay,
sourced from Mithi river and Powai lake.
With idols being made of Plaster of Paris and being painted with chemicals, the idea of the YEP festival is to highlight how potters can easily make eco-friendly Ganesha idols in their workshops.
“Earlier, people made their idols from mud. Slowly, it was replaced with beautifully sculpted idols made by craftsmen. With commercialisation, clay has been replaced with Plaster of Paris,” said Gabriel.
“We intend to show the community that it is important to use eco-friendly decorations and recycle the flowers in order to save our water bodies and lakes,” said Punsih Sharma, assistant general manager, Rodas Ecotel.
(For registration, contact Young Environmentalists Programme on 9967347511)