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Centenary Ganesh Festival   (contd...)

11 days of the Festival.

On Monday, August 31, 1992 a huge procession for the Ganesh idol's arrival took place. The route was changed this year so that all Girgaumwallas could have a darshan of the idol.

Among those formed the procession were women clad in traditional nine-yard sari and men in dhoti, kurta and turban. The traditional instruments like lezim, nashikbaja and tasha were increasing their enthusiasm.

When the procession reached the chawl premises, crackers were burnt and 100 married ladies did the aarti of the idol (According to Hindu religion, it is auspicious for married women to do the aarti of a deity or an individual on a festival day).

The same day, in the evening, the souvenir and the citation brought out by the Sanstha were formally inaugurated by expert astrologer Jayant Salgaonkar.

In the night, famous philosopher Vamanrao Pai gave a lecture on 'Tuch Aahesh Tujhya Jeevanacha Shilpakar' (You are the sculptor of your life) which was quite enlightening.

The next day, on September 1, the late Pandit Jeetendra Abhisheki gave a classical music performance, which was well received.

A lot of children as well as adults were keen on exhibiting their artistic talents on the stage this year. So much was their enthusiasm that the Sanshta had to allot two days only for cultural programmes. Two comedy plays were performed on September 2 by the residents of the chawl, namely 'Padmashri Dhundiraj' and 'Natak Gela Khadyat'. Audiences quite enjoyed them.

On Thursday, September 3, a programme based on the ancient Maharashtrian music was performed by NCPA and directed by Dr. Ashok Ranade, it clicked with the audiences despite the fact that the types of music presented by singers like Faiyyaz, Kirti Shiledar, Padmaja Phenani-Joglekar, Marutibua Bagde, Sharad Jambhekar & Kedar Bodas had nothing to do with the popular rap or disco. Many of them even bought the audio cassettes of 'Devgani' later.

On Friday, September 4, a Marathi play 'One Room Kitchen' dealing with the transition of a person from a chawl to flat took place. It was liked by people.

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