Ganpati 2015 the zophop way

In our last post we released a short teaser for Ganpati 2015 –

Our team moved on the road, among the people to celebrate Ganpati with the unsung heroes and with everyone else. It was a warm experience, it was a happy experience – to be interacting with everyone, distributing sweets, sharing them. We also gave away aarti books. Take a look at how it all began from our office and how it ended on the road –

1. It starts in the office with the lady without who we would not survive, literally.

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And then the team was on the road with the books and the sweets. Look how good all of them look –

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The zophop team in the picture above – aunty, Pradeep Mandve, Karan Kalra, Akshaya Gupta, Santosh Patil, Manoj Madanmohan, Saif Kazi. The photos were clicked by Akash Bhatia. The team is wearing “Take Me Somewhere” t-shirts.


Wishing you a happy Ganpati.

 

First Post – Selfie-taking statue to Baahubali Ganpati idol

The lord of the new beginnings will soon arrive with much grandeur and fanfare and this time he will don every possible contemporary theme. As the country prepares to get into the mood to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, the streets are abuzz with the different types of idols that you might see this season.

From Mumbai’s iconic Lalbaugcha Raja statue to the tallest-ever Ganesh statue being made in Vijayawada, the frenzy in the country over the festival is making sure that there are Ganesh idols and statues of all kinds. In the past, we have already seen World Cup Ganesha, Anna Hazare Ganesha and even the travel Ganesha. But when we say all kinds, we include those which you have never imagined before.

Here are some of the most unique Ganesh idols which will make this Ganesh Chaturthi innovative:

Image courtesy: Avinash Mudaliar/Facebook

If there is one picture to explain the meaning of the word ‘frenzy’, it is this picture. You know that the country’s obsession with selfies has gone a tad bit too far when you find people making idols of Lord Ganesh taking a selfie of him with his family members. Don’t be surprised tomorrow if you suddenly come across a Ganesh statue in which the God is making a duck-face.

Image courtesy: @Mumbaikhabar9/Twitter

SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster multi-lingual film Baahubali reportedly collected Rs 500 crore in the three weeks since its release on 10 July, according to sources in the film unit. However, that is just a number. Perhaps the real proof of the massive success of Baahubali actually is this picture, which shows a statue of Lord Ganesh as the Baahubali. Films have always been an important part of India. But nothing proves it as much as this image.

Image courtesy: @aishwaryavalli3/Twitter

Size does matter. The Dundee Ganesha Seva Samiti (DGSS) might be aiming to make the tallest Ganesh statue ever. However, as challenging as it would be to create a statue that massive, it would be equally challenging to make a Ganesh idol out of the lead tip of a pencil. Yet, this miniature idol of Lord Ganesh shows that good things can indeed also come in small packages.

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Many people are concerned about the adverse effects to the environment caused during immersion of the Ganesh idols.

And those people are not afraid to create their own unique statues to get attention for their cause. For example, Digambar Manikar and his son Rajesh have made a 22-foot Ganesh idol weighing 150 kg using nothing but 30,000 tissue papers to show the importance of eco-friendly idols, according to Hindustan Times.

We certainly hope these idols become more popular and raise awareness about the environment among people.

(With inputs from PTI)


This article was originally published on First Post .