Ganpati Bappa Moraya!
The Ganesh Festival season is upon us and I begin my Mumbai Metroblogging with a Ganesh event.
Ganesh is known by many names – Vakratunda, Ekdanta, Lambodar. In fact, Ganpatistotra covers 12 most commonly known names of Ganesh.
Ganesh festival started way back when India was ruled by the British. It was started by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak as means to unite people against foreign occupation by instilling in them a sense of purpose. That tradition continues till date in different forms and different hues. Pune is quite famous for its Ganesh festival mania but Mumbai, too, is spectacular though on a much subdued level – some of which will be brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood metroblogger.
There are lots of well known Ganesh statue makers in and around Mumbai. There is Mr. Hatkar from Vasai whose ganesh statues are famous for instricate sculpting details, statues from Pen have been known for their beautiful paint-work since ages. Closer to city, one finds innumerable Ganesh statue makers like those in the by-lanes of Bail Bazar at Kurla or Chitales from Laxmi Narayn Lane of Matunga.
However, I bring you news of an exhibition cum sale.
Nirmitee is an ethnic art shop in Dadar. Located on Bole Road right between Portuguese Church and Agar Bazar, this shop is the right place to visit if you are looking to decorate your home with earthen pots, wind-chimes, Warli paintings and such like.
Nirmitee is running an exhibition-cum-sale of Ganesh statues, paintings and wall-hangings called Vakratunda Mela-2006. It opened on August 15th and will run till September 3rd. It was inaugurated by none other than Shri Vithal “Orchid” Kamat. I returned to the city only on 17th so that meant I missed the grand opening but I intend paying the place a visit over the upcoming weekend. Will bring you photos from there later.
Voluntary Disclosure: Dadoji is a happy customer of Nirmitee having purchased a 2D Wrought Iron Ganesh as a gift for his son couple of years ago. He is looking forward to picking up another Ganesh for his daughter this year.