Preparation for the birth day of Lord Ganesh – the Elephant headed God, of good beginnings and wisdom; has well begun with much zeal and enthusiasm. From artisans putting their best creative elements forward with beautifully molded clay idols to the prep work for the podiums or pandals where the statue of Lord Ganesh will be placed; from the Puja rituals at the time of which a number of mantras are recited to the singing and dancing to the loud beats at the carnival that carries the idol through the streets of the city; to the mouth watering Modaks that are offered to the Lord, Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of all religions together to celebrate in the joyous occasion.
From drums and rolls to jingling sounds of bollywood songs, music forms a major component of this festival.
The Ganesh festival encourages people to come together and form the dhol-tasha pathaks or troups. As the beats of the dhol go Dhin –Taa, it is most certainly going to make your foot tap to its beats. You’ll find hundreds of men and women dressed in traditional outfits, putting their soul and energy into playing the dhol and tasha from several regions like Pune, Nashik, Auranagabad, etc.
There is growing demand for an all women dhol-tasha groups too. Amongst the several dhol-tasha groups is the Gulab Khan Haji Hassan Khan Bade Dholwale group from Nashik, also famous across the country. The group has been invited a number of times to perform in Gujarat, Mumbai, Amravati and Akola as well. While their favorite attire is the Indian Cricket team jersey but on request they are dressed as per the theme of the region they play their dhol-tasha in.
Lezim is primarily a folk dance form of Maharashtra, where dancers play a dual role of dancing and creating music with the help of the instrument called Lezim or small mallet. It is a wooden stick to which thin metal discs are fitted which produce a jingling sound. The dance form is put up in formations of a circle, in twos or fours.
It is a wooden stick to which thin metal discs are fitted which produce a jingling sound. The dance form is put up in formations of a circle, in twos or fours.
The dancers also move to the rhythm of the drums that accompanies their dance & music. Stepping, hopping, bending, squatting, turning and swaying to the beats of the lezim & drums makes Lezim, an energizing and dynamic experience. Parade the streets with this dance form as you bring Lord Ganesh to your homes / mandals and witness the energy and unity that the dance brings.
While everyone is in touch with the traditional hymns and songs at the festival, many pandals also witness the beats of bollywood music greeting the Lord Ganesh. With famous songs like ‘Deva Shri Ganesh’ from Agneepath, ‘Deva Ho Deva Ganpati Deva’ from Hum Se Badhkar Kaun, ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya’ from Pujarin, ‘Shree Ganeshya Dhimahi’ from Viruddh, ‘Mourya Re’ from Don, et al, Bollywood never fails to make its presence felt as everyone gears to celebrate the 10 day long festival with much fervor and enthusiasm. More so, we all know Mumbai’s Ganeshotsav celebrations are magnanimous and one of its kind. Here, check out the Top 5 Ganeshotsav Mandals you must visit in Mumbai.
Ganesh Chaturthi is indeed a beautiful festival and it is important that we adhere to the noise regulations laid out by the government as we rejoice in song and dance this year round.