The holy festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is just two months away, but Punekars have already started the special preparations.
The pious festival has always remained too special to the city of Pune, and the positive energy of the festival commences to slowly encircle Pune from the month of July.
For example, the dhol-tasha practice begins in June-July and during the evening times, you can listen to the drums playing at many places all over Pune. Shortly, the Pune people will begin placing the order for their special and innovative Ganesh idols, which they will take home in the month of September.
Special decorations have become an imperative part of Ganesh Chaturthi all over the country. Whether it is for a small Ganpati idol at home or huge Ganesh idols in big pandals on paths, Ganpati beautifications possess a unique place in the hearts of the followers.
Without a doubt, the preference for decorations comes down to plastic or thermocol—they are easily accessible in the market and require less effort to make use of them.
But, owing to the ban on plastic usage in the state of Maharashtra, but more prominently, the rising consciousness about plastic dangers, two product designers from the city of Pune have created environmental friendly Ganpati beautifications.
Abhay Kardeguddi and Nachiket Thakur have developed do-it-yourself ‘Eco Makhars’ (decorations) fabricated of recycled paper. The sensibly valued decors can easily be brought together, taken to pieces and stored for future usage.
While talking to media people, Abhay Kardeguddi stated, “Eco-friendly decorations will be in demand with the recent ban on plastic and thermocol items, and will give people an edge if they opt for eco-friendly decorative pieces for the Ganpati festival.”
The special designs created by Abhay Kardeguddi and Nachiket Thakur have even been cherished by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as one the Top 10 Eco-Innovations in India.
Abhay Kardeguddi and Nachiket Thakur are also carrying out various workshops to showcase how the biodegradable decorations can easily be prepared.
Nachiket Thakur added, “These makhars are made using recycled paper and corrugated paper and are available in four colours. They can bear up to 15 kg of weight besides being reusable for at least 3-5 years.”