Workshop held to spread message of an eco-friendly festival

Around 50 children, aged between four and 10, took part in a workshop to create their very own eco-friendly Ganesh idols. The Kala Tapaswi Trust organised the workshop here on Sunday to spread the message of an eco-friendly festival.

The children, drawn from different schools, enthusiastically created clay idols of Ganesh as well as Gowri, under the guidance of terracotta artist Prakruti Mahesh.

Several students urged their parents, who were present, to install eco-friendly Ganesh idols at home. They then presented the idols that they had made to their parents.

Five-year old Tanusha Nithin, a UKG student at Santhom Public School in Kyathungere, was thrilled to bits as she attached the trunk to her tiny Ganesh idol, with the assistance of Mr. Mahesh. Tanusha’s mother, H.N. Shwetha, a resident of Subhash Nagar, said that she would promote the use of eco-friendly Ganesh idols during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

The workshop provided a platform for children to exhibit their talent as well as create awareness on eco-friendly Ganesh idols. The celebration of eco-friendly festivals was the need of the hour, Ms. Shwetha said.

Complimenting the children, K.M. Mahesh, Commandant, Home Guards, stressed the need to promote the use of clay Ganesh idols during the festivities.

Secretary of the trust S.B. Anil Kumar said that idols made with chemicals and plaster of Paris polluted water bodies when immersed.

“The trust has been highlighting the importance of eco-friendly Ganesh idols for several years,” he said.