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Art Street: Dedicated to govinda pathaks, this sculpture talks the best about Mazgaon Tadwadi

The Tadwadi govinda pathak is well known for the multiple tiers using which they manage to scale the highest of dahi handis. They are known to have managed nine tiers to break the dahi handi in the past.

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai |
May 14, 2022 5:42:36 pm
The Tadwadi govinda pathak is well known for the multiple tiers using which they manage to scale the highest of dahi handis. (Express photo)

The most famous aspect of Mazgaon Tadwadi – its record breaking govinda pathaks — have found their way to a sculpture that came up in the area last year. The unusual and eye-catching mural of the govindas in a pyramid on the verge of breaking the dahi handi is located at the intersection of the Nesbit Road and the St Mary’s Road opposite Mazgaon court. Not many pass by the area without casting a glance at the structure that was inaugurated by state cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray last year.

The sculpture was built last year by the then local corporator Sonam Jamsutkar. Her husband Manoj Jamsutkar, also a former corporator from the area, said the couple had come up with the idea as they wanted to showcase something that the Tadwadi area of Mazgaon was known for.

The sculpture was built last year by the then local corporator Sonam Jamsutkar. (Express photo)

Talking to the Indian Express, Manoj said, “We wanted to come up with something that represented the local culture. There was nothing that did that as much as our local Mazgaon Tadwadi govinda pathaks that have held several records when it comes to the number of tiers formed to break the dahi handi. Such is the attachment to the govinda pathak, that even those who have moved away from Tadwadi, still visit the locality during dahi handi. Hence, we decided to create a sculpture honouring them.”

The Tadwadi govinda pathak is well known for the multiple tiers using which they manage to scale the highest of dahi handis. They are known to have managed nine tiers to break the dahi handi in the past.

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Once a decision was made to recreate the Tadwadi govinda Pathak, the next decision was the execution. It was time for Santosh Todankar and his team to work their magic around the idea. Todankar said, “It took a team of at least 15 persons to come up with the sculpture. Mainly we used fibre for setting up the structure. If you look closely, there are musical instruments like dholak, shehnai that have been included in the sculpture. There is also a coach who can be seen guiding the govindas.”

He added, “The number of people that we could include in the set up was dependent on the place available on the traffic island. So, some of the decisions were dependent on practical aspects.”

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