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The annual culture fest called the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Part I- Installations

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Glimpses from the Ganesha Festival 2013

Hello Everyone!!

Last year I blogged about making of Ganesha idols, so this year it’s about the finished product i.e. actual Ganeshas.

These are photographs clicked by me during the recently concluded Ganesha Festival – celebrated majorly in Mumbai and Pune. All pictures are in random orders, from day one till the immersion procession.

Hope you all like it!!

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A Glimpse Inside The Mumbai City Museum

There are two famous museums in Mumbai and I decided to tour the less famous of the two. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad or Mumbai City Museum as its known is situated at the entrance to the city zoo.

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It has recently been refurbished and restored to its former glory. Here are few glimpses from inside this treasure trove.


The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part II

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part I

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Bazaars of Jaipur

Jaipur is famous for its shopping scene – offering everyone a bargain or more as per their taste and budget. Very rarely tourists don’t venture into Jaipur’s maze of various bazaars; it’s such a major attraction.

So, here are few photographs taken of these famed market streets by me while (of course) shopping for one thing or another.

Street 1

Very interesting streetlamps in the older part of the city. They can be linked directly with Jaipur’s royal lineage.

Lamp

The colourfully decorated pink gate that opens to various markets in the Old City.

Gate

The similarly styled signboards of the shops.

Shops

The shops on either side decked in pink hues.

C1

A heritage building getting repaired, housing mainly shoes shops.

Shoes

The famous Tripola gate opening into a busy intersection of three bazaar streets.

TG

A decorative terrace of one of the buildings.

Terrace

A Minaret soaring high and forming backdrop of one of the many market streets.

Mb

The busy market scene as can be seen from the Hawa Mahal.

HM

The road leading to the modern shopping malls located on and around M.I. Road.

MIR


A walk around Mumbai High Court

The year 2012 is the sesquicentennial celebration year for the Mumbai (Bombay) High Court. So, to mark the occasion they have organised an exhibition describing the history of the said court. This includes a live court room complete with jury boxes and judges’ seat, various legal documents, decrees and photographs of old times.

It was a walkthrough in an era gone by and hence, we when attended the exhibition; we had quite a happy time despite all that sombre legal stuff around. Sadly as no cameras were allowed inside as per the government regulations, I couldn’t capture the building and the said courtroom from inside. But nothing has stopped us from taking pictures from outside of the building and here they are:


Shri Ganesha – Getting the God ready to bring him home

Lord Ganesha you protect me from all the obstacles when I am praising about your appearance, when I am listening about your merits/qualities.

When I am passing the merit of your worshipping to others you protect me. When I am learning your worshipping from the Guru you protect me.

 The obstacles which will come across in my devotional worshipping you protect them from East, West, North, South and other surrounding/directions.”

There is an annual festival of Ganesha, which typically falls in the Hindu month of Bhadraprada (Around August / September). The festival begins on the fourth day of Bhadrapada known as ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, with people bringing clay idols of Ganesha in their homes as a symbolic visit from the God. Depending upon each family’s tradition, these idols are immersed in the nearby water bodies on 1, 5, 7, or 11 days. The 11th day is called ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’ and on this day the festival culminates with the crowd roaring to “Ganapati Bappa Morya”.

Since the festival is celebrated in private as well as in public pavilions across India (especially in the cities of Mumbai & Pune); there is a great demand for various kinds of Ganesha idols.  This post is all about the making of these idols, clicked through various phases of creating the magnificent sculptures.

The process begins with mixing of clay & plaster of Paris + dried hey

Sometimes the materials are recycled from unfinished or leftover idol parts.

Then this mixture is poured through plastic moulds to form various body parts of the idol.

After this, all the parts of a particular idol are joined together with various techniques.

This sculpture is then polished and fine-tuned.

The delicate facial features are smoothed with brush.

Then the colours are applied, first the base coat and then finished ones.

The result of this long and tedious process, is this – the beautiful and colourful idols of Ganesha.