Ganesh Festival (contd...)
days of the Festival.
On Monday, August 31, 1992 a huge procession
for the Ganesh idol's arrival took place. The route was changed this year
so that all Girgaumwallas could have a darshan of the idol.
Among those formed the procession were women clad
in traditional nine-yard sari and men in dhoti, kurta and turban.
The traditional instruments like lezim, nashikbaja and tasha were
increasing their enthusiasm.
When the procession reached the chawl premises,
crackers were burnt and 100 married ladies did the aarti of the
idol (According to Hindu religion, it is auspicious for married
women to do the aarti of a deity or an individual on a festival
The same day, in the evening, the souvenir and the citation brought
out by the Sanstha were formally inaugurated by expert astrologer
In the night, famous philosopher Vamanrao Pai gave
a lecture on 'Tuch Aahesh Tujhya Jeevanacha Shilpakar' (You
are the sculptor of your life) which was quite enlightening.
The next day, on September 1, the late Pandit Jeetendra Abhisheki
gave a classical music performance, which was well received.
A lot of children as well as adults were keen on
exhibiting their artistic talents on the stage this year. So much
was their enthusiasm that the Sanshta had to allot two days only
for cultural programmes. Two comedy plays were performed on September
2 by the residents of the chawl, namely 'Padmashri Dhundiraj'
and 'Natak Gela Khadyat'. Audiences quite enjoyed them.
On Thursday, September 3, a programme based
on the ancient Maharashtrian music was performed by NCPA and directed
by Dr. Ashok Ranade, it clicked with the audiences despite the fact
that the types of music presented by singers like Faiyyaz, Kirti
Shiledar, Padmaja Phenani-Joglekar, Marutibua Bagde, Sharad Jambhekar
& Kedar Bodas had nothing to do with the popular rap or disco. Many
of them even bought the audio cassettes of 'Devgani' later.
On Friday, September 4, a Marathi play 'One Room Kitchen'
dealing with the transition of a person from a chawl to flat took
place. It was liked by people.
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