Centenary Ganesh Festival (contd...)
On Saturday, September 5, L. K. Advani,
the then leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha paid a visit to the
festival. This was the first occasion of a political leader visiting
our festival during centenary year.
On the same night, famous music director brothers and former residents
of chawl - the late Kalyanji and his younger brother Anandji presented
an orchestra called 'Sangeet Prasad'.
Anandjibhai revived some of his childhood memories
when he was staying in chawl no 4. Both acknowledged their debt
to the chawl saying they owed their success to the sanskars they
received in the chawl. The artists who participated in the orchestra
included Viju Shah, Sadhana Sargam, Sonali Bajpai, Sudesh Bhosle,
Baby Shaheen and Johny Lever. No need to mention, this was quite
The part II of the cultural programmes presented
by local residents took place on Sunday, September 6. The
colourful entertainment programme included Ganapatismaran, Naman,
Koli Dance, Garba, Bharatanatyam; Bhangra, a few selected dances
from a television programme Maharashtrachi Lokdhara and a comedy
play called 'Amhi Jato Amuchya Gava'. Majority of the participants
in these programmes were the active workers of the Sanstha. During
the day they would work for the festival and in the night they would
rehearse for the programmes. It was because of them that the cultural
programmes became hit.
Every year, the Sanstha holds competitions for
residents during the festival but for the centenary year, considering
the time and space constraints, competitions were held before festival
started. The winners of carom and musical chairs were given prizes
by National weightlifter Vasant Joshi and cricketer Umesh Kulkarni
(ex-resident of chawl) on September 7. They also received
special certificates produced for the centenary.
On the same day which was Ekadashi, a keertan was
held, as is the custom of the festival here. Narendrabao Hate, Malgundkar,
Suresh Bhave and Kamlakar Aurangabadkar presented a chakri keertan
(keertan by rotation).
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