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Ghatkopar society streams live its Ganpati aartis

For the past eight days, Sapna Iyer, a radio jockey in Canada, has been logging on to www.shobhanafestivities.co.nr, a live-streaming webcast of the daily aarti in the Ganpati pandal at Shobana Housing Society, Ghatkopar.

mumbai Updated: Sep 09, 2011 00:59 IST
Pankti Mehta
Pankti Mehta
Hindustan Times

For the past eight days, Sapna Iyer, a radio jockey in Canada, has been logging on to www.shobhanafestivities.co.nr, a live-streaming webcast of the daily aarti in the Ganpati pandal at Shobana Housing Society, Ghatkopar.

Iyer, who previously stayed in the housing society, moved to Canada last year, but the time difference has not stopped her from praying twice daily with the other members.

Chennai-based classical music teacher Rama Vishwanathan and Lakshmi Parmeshwaran, a homemaker in Canada, also makes it a point to not miss the aarti in its virtual avatar. “Being part of the aarti is important for us,” Vishwanathan said.

The society has for the first time set up a website that allows live streaming online. “A lot of our former residents are now living abroad, but still want to participate in the festival. This is where technology helped us bridge the distance,” said Varun Iyer, a member of the society’s planning committee. A handycam placed on a

tripod in front of the 3.5-feet Ganpati idol uploads the video directly to the website.

“The website has a calendar and a daily schedule of the activities planned along with photographs and videos,” Iyer said. The society has also set up a Facebook page and an online donation portal for former residents settled across the world.

“We miss the Ganpati festivities of the building. The website is a blessing for us and allows us to be part of the celebrations even being so far away,” said Vishwanathan, whose parents and brother join him in watching the aarti online.

The society, which is more than 40 years old, has 40 flats spread across four wings and everyone shares the religious devotion. Residents of neighbouring buildings also join in the festivities.