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Mumbai’s Sahyadri Ganpati Mandal to recreate ‘Kung Fu Panda’ village to draw tiny tots

“The idea was to make an attractive Panda Village as shown in the movie which will be appealing to the children," said radanjit Chanda, art director of the mandal.

Maharashtra news, Kung Fu Panda village, Sahyadri Ganpati Mandal, Sahyadri Ganpati Mandal's Panda Village, Ganesh festival, Mumbai, news latest, India news Preparations under way at the Ganesh pandal at Sahyadri Grounds in Tilak Nagar. Aman Deshmukh

To attract children to visit Ganpati, the Sahyadri Ganpati Mandal in Tilak Nagar will sport decorations similar to the Panda Village showed in the popular ‘Kung Fu Panda’ film series.

Called the ‘Sahyadri Panda Village’, the set is a recreation of the village as shown in the films with the use of bamboos on the inside and bright colours. “The idea was to make an attractive Panda Village as shown in the movie which will be appealing to the children. Through the use of bright colours, we have also tried to add our own inputs which will in no way deteriorate the importance of Ganeshotsav as well,” said Pradanjit Chanda, art director of the mandal, who has also designed sets for Hindi films.

The decoration aims at encouraging children to move out into the open as opposed to confining themselves with indoor activities, said Rahul Walanja, president of the Sahyadri Kriya Mandal’s organising committee. “The focus was on asking children to play outdoor games on the ground. We also wanted to sent a message to the authorities to build more theme parks in the city,” said Walanja.

The eleven-day Sahyadri Ganpati of Tilak Nagar, started in 1977, has witnessed lakhs of devotees owing to its use of famous themes and recreations of temples or tourist spots. In the past, decorations like Shivneri Fort of Pune, Star Cruise, Ganga Ghat in Varanasi and a film reel to mark 100 years of Bollywood, were created by the mandal.

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“We believe that innovative designs encourage more and more devotees to pay a visit to Bappa. Also, not everyone can afford a trip to Disney World and not all senior citizens can visit Ganga Ghat. Our decoration aims at giving a live, three-dimensional view of these famous spots to all devotees,” said Walanja.

The organisers have invited school children to sing a prayer dedicated to world peace on the first day of Ganeshotsav. “As the decoration this year is aimed at children, we have invited children from nurseries and playschools from around the neighbourhood for a prayer towards encouraging world peace,” he added. Children will also be gifted a toy panda as a memoir.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 03:09:14 am
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