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Bring home an eco-friendly Ganesha this Ganesh Chaturthi

Every year during Ganesh Chaturthi, thousands of Ganesha idols are immersed in the rivers which pollute and endanger the water bodies. It’s time we wake up to save our environment and walk on a path of being eco-friendly.



The form of Ganesha is a sculptural
marvel. With the body of a human being and the head of an elephant, its proportions are prescribed by strictures and artisans all over India are trying their best to hone it to perfection. Ganesha is one of the most tolerant deities of artistic liberty who is constantly being transformed into various new avatars. The beauty and elegance of the scriptural form is immediately evident in the work of traditional artisans who try their best to be creative and eco-friendly.    

eCoexist is a social group that focuses on developing eco friendly alternatives. A Hundred Hands is a nonprofit trust which gives small artists and communities a platform to showcase their crafts and encourages handmade products. They are currently working together on a ‘Safe festival campaign’ where they encourage people to use eco friendly alternatives during festivals.

During the course of the campaign, the team constantly works with the idol makers to make them aware of the polluting impacts of Plaster of Paris. They also encourage them to move back into using natural clay. They also promote them to start experimenting with other eco sensitive materials like paper mache.
“Most artisans do not have the capital nor the luxury of being involved in pure research and also will not take the risk of trying out new materials. As the ban on PoP gets delayed every year, some of them also believe that they will never have to change to another substance,” says Mala Dhawan, Trustee, of A hundred Hands.

The first change that eCoexist has been successful in bringing about is the use of natural pigments such as turmeric and red earth - to replace toxic chemical paints. “We are now working on experimenting with paper mache as we feel that even natural clay despite being non renewable is not a long term solution.”

A Hundred Hands helps artisans to come together and showcase their collection in almost every part of India. The Safe Festival Campaign has been going on for a few years during Holi, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturti.
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To buy your Eco-friendly Ganesha idol you can visit: A Hundred Hands, 4 Ashley Road, Off MG Road. For details contact: 9845008482



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