Bengaluru

When Ganesha batted for a pollution-free festival

For all those messages of celebrating an eco-friendly Ganesha Chathurthi lost, Ganesha himself got down to business to narrate the problems he faces during the festival. Bengaluru-based theatre troupe Green Stage, through its production Mathadthane Nodi Nam Ganesha, attempted to create awareness on the use of eco-friendly Ganesha idols through a play in which the chief protagonist was Ganesha himself.

The theatre troupe began its ‘street play rally’ by performing its first show here on Saturday. The rally was flagged off by Deputy Mayor M. Anand and the troupe gave a performance on the premises of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) head office.

The next leg of the rally will be from Bengaluru to Kanakapura on August 13 and Bengaluru to Tumakuru on August 20.

The plays scriptwriter and director Vijay A. says although Ganesha festival is a colourful event, it was being celebrated with no concern towards the environment. “The important point is of the material of the idols used for the festival. Plaster of Paris idols, and oil painted, and plastic idols pollute water bodies during immersion. It is also difficult to immerse the huge idols. Through our play, we will appeal to the public to engage themselves in community celebrations, curb noise and air pollution, avoid banners and buntings, and adopt a judicious way of disposing off festival waste. The character of Ganesha narrates to his mother Gowri how he will be put to inconvenience during the celebration,” Mr. Vijay adds.

During the entire rally, the 15-member team will enact a 20-minute play at 30 different places, including villages. “We are prepared to give shows at educational institutions, apartments, and other places for a minimum charge,” he said.

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