Hyderabad: From idols made of clay, to cow dung, some of the artisans of Dhoolpet in Hyderabad ensuring that their celebrations do not affect the environment in any way has made a paper cup Ganesha this year.
Ten-day Ganeshotsav is celebrated by thousands, young and old, across the Hyderabad and country with great pomp.
While eco-friendly idols have been a common pick for most families, this year, paper cup and papier mache idols are popular. Here are some of the artisans of Dhoolpet a popular market of idols in Hyderabad.
Speaking to siasat.com Kailash Singh Hazari (Murthy Kalakar) from Dhoolpet said, “We realised that there is a huge demand for eco-friendly idols, by noticing this we have made a fully eco-friendly ganesha consisting of plane paper cups.”
Mr Hazari further stated that every year, we make unique variety of Ganesh idols last year we made flying ganesha where the idol is fixed on a butterfly and its wings goes up and down. This year we made an eco-friendly ganesha by using 7000 plain paper cups, with the help of feviquick we have pasted these cups one by one by which it may able to stand still.
Within 25 days the paper cup ganesha was made.
Explaining about how they made this idol Manoj Singh Hazari said, “This is idol is weighing around 10 to 15 kg, height 6 feet and this is the fragile one which needs lot of care while transporting.”
The ganesha has been sold for Rs 25000 for devotees of Karimnagar, when asked about how they will transport the idol Mr Hazari told that the ganesha will be placed in a wooden container, fully covered with cloth around it and transported to Kareemnagar in a truck which may take one day to reach there.
This ganesha is an example for the people who prefer idols made by plastic and other harmful material, also promotes eco-friendly idols and aims to spread awareness among community to buy an eco-friendly ganesha this year.
Apart from making ganesha we manage offseason by making exclusive papier mache idols, handicraft and also work on micro art by which we display our talent.