The Panchganga Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal in Lower Parel is displaying 108 Ganesh idols made by various social groups, including transgenders, cancer patients, AIDS patients, orphans and children with various disabilities, in an effort to promote inclusiveness. These groups volunteered to make the Ganesh idols with different materials to express their concerns and issues.
A transgender volunteer of Panchaganga Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal has made a colourful idol, asking society to be more open towards gender issues. “We are competent enough to live in the society but would society be willing to accept us?” reads a message on the base of the idol.
The 108 Ganesh idols give different social messages and touches upon various social issues which are often ignored by the society. The idols have been made using eco-friendly material like, wood, letters, gauges, coconut shells, jute earthen pots, coins and handicraft paper. They also aim to remind one of the old traditions and art forms that have vanished over time.
Groups of cancer and leprosy patients, orphans, children with mental health problems, visual and hearing disabilities, and physically-challenged people have volunteered for the project. “Each Ganesh idol has a different thought and message and aims to awaken the society. These idols give the message that we should conserve our traditions and art forms,” said Sumit Patil, a member of Panchaganga Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal.
“All these Ganesh idols give a positive message. Through this display, we wanted to convey the message that everyone is a part of society and we should give attention towards them and share our joy with them,” he added.