Wednesday, August 25, 2010

LEAD children make Eco-Friendly Ganesha idols

Hey friends,....

When the entire world seems to be joining the Green Bandwagon, then how can our children miss out this train ;-)

Few days back, I visited Eco-friendly Ganesha event organised by TWIGG (of which our volunteer Chaitra is an active member) and Recycle Karo at Airoli..... There are I saw groups of children and even their families involved in making the Ganpati idols out of a special clay called as Saaddu ..  This was led by Mr. Subhash Gowarikar, a retired scientist from BARC and an active volunteer in another NGO DreamIndia , having excellent dexterity in such activities...  So, then what ?  we immediately invited him on our centre on the same day and even he humbly & instantly came down to meet our children despite being utterly exhausted....  Overwhelmed by our cheerful atmosphere and bacchha party he  made up the mind to do something for our children also....

The D-day arrived !! Saturday 8.30am


There was no Saaddu clay.. Chaitra and Rajesh (Recycle Karo) helped us with the whereabouts .. Its in Kalyan..

Our volunteer Sadanand , who stays in Dombivli went to Kalyan in the morning and then even dropped the 4 bags weighing 20KG to our Airoli centre.. Alone !!  Amazing Job !!  This event couldn't have happened on this date if it were not for Sadanand's dedication.... 



2.30pm
Children had already started pouring....32 Children !!  All hyper-excited with their thaalis and 2 chammach .. .Our new volunteer Mansi was already IN...I was expecting some more new volunteers... But found myself alone... Thanks to Reshma and Dipesh, I could then muster some confidence....

Soon Govarikar Sir arrived,... and we started at 3pm.....
He immediately picked up some of our elder n smart children - Maruti, Simran, Sunita and Reshma for making the lumps of the clay ... I still remember, when Gowarikar Sir threw the question - Ghar pe roti kaun banaataa hai ??  Almost all hands went into the air... :-)  We looked and smiled at each other !!
Do check out the fun-filled faces of our 'mitti ka aattaa bananewale bachche ;-)   and even their Reshma teacher ;-)  and even their new Mansi didi....

Meanwhile, Gowarikar Sir smartly kept our children engaged, drew beautiful ganesha's picture on the board, made the children draw the mouse, telling them the special features of ganesha and even some of his childhood stories like that of his brother Karthikeyan.... 

"Both brothers were asked by their father Lord Shiva to encircle the entire world.. What all comes in the world? "

"Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, UP, Kashmir, Nanded, ..."
So, this is what our children understand when we ask about 'entire world'  :-)

 
But I was rather having more fun with the giggles and masti of the atta-making team :-)

When few lumps of clay were ready, Gowarikar Sir sat in the centre, facing the children and began the job....
First the central portion, back, then the tummy.... (there came a comment from our hero Rajesh -- Rupesh Sir jitna bada pet hain na :-)   followed by legs, hands....
"ek haath mein laddu...doosre haath mein kya hoga ??"
Mallesh said --"Modak!!" :-)
Maruti gave the right answer -- "Aashirwad denge..."


Slowly the chaos got converted into eager eyes with curious questions, while XX addressing all their concerns and anxieties patiently and smartly....

The way he deftly gave the final finishing to the idol was just amazing....
Each one of us in the class was simply awestruck by seeing this art...

Children were then made to sit in 2 rows... then came the banging and tan-tan of their thaalis and spoons....
Yes, It was difficult !!  Children couldn't properly recollect the way Gowarikar Sir had started... So then volunteers were spread across, while the running commentary from Gowarikar Sir kept everyone on track....

"V shaped legs.. L shaped hands... and so on..."

I was anyways totally out !!!  What can one expect from a person who never scored above C-grade in drawing/craft in his school days :-D  

But Reshma and Dipesh really did well !!

Volunteers took the tea break, and we even got the Frooti for children....

"Sir, mera ddekho... teacher yeh barabar hai kya ? Sir, yeh nahin aataa hai...Teacher,yeh plz kaaan banaake do naa ......"
Phew !!  When will this session end ?   ;-))))

Soon came the relief session....."Sir, mera Ho gaya !!"  yes !! the first voice was from none other than our dear chotte ustaad Rajesh !! then came vinod, musuba..... But then there were some who were totally undisturbed.... least bothered about the chaos and time..... Anil, Maruti.....

They really pulled off an awesome task !!  It would be hard to believe that these children who were doing this for the first time, can attain this level of excellence in such an art-work....
"We will do something more soon... Cartoon characters, animals, etc... " , came the exhausted but confident voice of Govarikar Sir...  ;-)
They proudly flaunted their eco-friendly ganesha idols for the photographs....

Do check them out here --
http://picasaweb.google.co.in/lead.airoli/EcoFriendlyGanesha#

Gowarikar Sir stays in Borivli , so he had to leave... Even other volunteers left... Children took their sweet sips of Frooti....and some of them fled away....

But some of the elder children stayed back with me and realy helped me cleaning the floor that was full of clay .... Powered with 2 brooms, 2 buckets, brush and unflagging enthusiasm,  Mallesh, Maruti, Anil, Suresh, Simran, Anjali, Sanjana swept apart the rubbish from our centre and again made it sitting-worthy ;-))

The ganesha idols are kept for drying now and will be soon given the wonderful colours with the help of their favourite dance-cum-drawing Guddi teacher ;-)

Children are now eagerly waiting for the day when they will take and worship these idols into their homes......

Fun apart, this event is also an attempt by LEAD to make aware the 'educated masses' who bring home the ganesha idols made up of Plaster of Paris.....We can only hope that  they will learn from this... but we are sure, that our children and communities  and volunteers will definitely learn from this ......

Special Thanks to 'TWIGG' and 'Recycle Karo' for inspiring LEAD to take up this step....

Rupesh
LEAD

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