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Eco-friendly Ganesha 24-Jul-2017
Eco-friendly Ganesha: environmentalists think innovative. “Instead of immersing the idols into the sea, these seed-clay models can be dipped in a tub of water after the festival and reused for growing medicinal plants. This year, the focus is on using colour-free idols, curbing sound pollution at pandals which will be erected in various neighbourhoods and growing medicinal plants by reusing the clay-mould,” he stated. “During our childhood days, celebrating Ganesh festival was synonymous with eco-friendly models. With Ganesh Chaturthi a month away, environmental activists initiate steps to spread the green message. Moreover, the leaves of these plants will come in handy for worshipping Lord Ganesh next year,” said J. Rajeswari, a member of the NGO.
Greens promote eco-friendly idols 24-Jul-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the concept of eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi gaining popularity in the city, NGOs are coming forward to keep the age old tradition of using 'patri leaves' alive. After the 42-day campaign by Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) to create awareness on the use of eco-friendly idols kick-started recently, people are being sensitised to use clay idols. "Each of the 21 types of patri seeds are used for worshipping Lord Ganesha. Apart from keeping the tradition alive, clay idols will help in reducing the pollution levels," said veteran film actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao on Sunday. PMV secretary J Rajeswari said, "We have collected all varieties of native seeds and use them while making clay idols. These idols are kept in pots and they transform into plants on pouring a bucket of water." She also added that seeds of medicinal plants are also being inserted in the clay mould which can be reused for gardening purpose. Ganesh Patra-Patri Puja is an important puja which is done during Ganesh Chaturthi. Twenty-one types of leaves are used to worship Lord Ganesha during the festival. This puja is also called as 'Eka Vimshathi Patra' Puja. Chanting each name of the Lord, Ganesha is worshipped with each type of leaf.
Campaign for green Ganeshas 12-Jul-2017
Campaign for green Ganeshas picks up pace . Campaign for green Ganesha With over a month to go for the Vinayaka Chaviti festivities to begin, the campaign for eco-friendly Ganeshas, made out of natural clay, has kick-started. Alarmed by the high levels of pollution caused by toxic paints and POP statues, environmentalists and NGOs in the city are encouraging ‘greener’ celebrations.
‘Snana Purnima’ ritual held 10-Jun-2017
The idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra were taken out from Jagannath temple on the premises of Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj and given a holy bath on Friday as part of the annual ritual of Snana Purnima which falls on the full moon day of Jyestha month. The bathing ritual is a precursor to the Rath Yatra. In the evening the deities were adorned in Gajanana Besha (the elephant attire). Devotees in large numbers had darshan amidst chanting of mantras and singing of devotional songs. It was followed by prasad sevan. General secretary P. K. Biswal and president J. K. Nayak oversaw the arrangements.
7000Girl Students-Perform Kuchipudi 12-Apr-2017
Visakhapatnam is all set to create a record today when 7000 girl students from various Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS)’s schools and colleges will perform Kuchipudi at RK Beach. The event that is being jointly conducted by APREIS and the Social Welfare department will be inaugurated by CM Chandrababu Naidu in the presence of several state ministers. The event is being held to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. 7000 girl students performing Kuchipudi at the event are coming in from 21 Mahila Gurukhula Patashalas from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. “We had provided accommodation in our schools at various places in the city and APSRTC had provided eight buses for transportation of the girls from the schools to the venue at the beach road. We are also providing food to the participants,’’ Coordinator of Organising Committee S Roopavathi reportedly said. Students taking part in the event have been trained in Kuchipudi for the last two months by professional dancers. The programme will start with three songs featuring the theme of the life story of BR Ambedkar. Initially, there were claims that students participating in the event were asked to pay for it.
139-Feet National Flag Hoisted 04-Aug-2016
VISAKHAPATNAM: A 139-feet national flag was hoisted at Kotaveedhi in One Town Area on the 139th birth anniversary of Pingali Venkaiah in the city on Tuesday. Pingali Venkaiah who died in 1963 was an Indian freedom fighter and the designer of the Indian National Flag.The flag was hoisted Sri Swami Vivekananda Swachandha Seva Samstha to remember the contribution of Pingali Venkaiah on his birth anniversary.
Exhilarating Violin Performance 25-Jul-2016
Carnatic violin maestro of Vizianagaram Ch.Sanyasi Rao performing at Rajiv Smruthi Bhavan on Beach Road in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Immersed in his music Ch.Sanyasi Rao of Vizianagaram cast a spell on the audience gathered on the beach road on Sunday morning. The visually challenged violin maestro’s fingers danced on the strings helping the bow make the instrument speak. Playing the morning ragas, he drew the morning walkers to stop to tune into the concert; a few who did come in stayed on. The two-hour programme in the beautiful weather on the beach road had the gathering wanting more. The light drizzle that covered the sunrise stopped and the cloud cover proved a perfect foil for the Sun.
Pochampally Fabric Expo 16-Jul-2016
The nine-day handloom product exhibition cum-sale Pochampally IKAT Art Mela 2016 – got underway on Friday. The exhibition of handlooms and handloom products from Pochampally in Telangana was inaugurated by Tollywood actress Sarika Pavani at the Lions Club of Visakhapatnam at Ramnagar. The actress appreciated the organizers for displaying handloom designer fabrics, silk and cotton sarees apart from some exclusive home textiles.
World Environment Day 06-Jun-2016
Visakhapatnam: World Environment Day was celebrated at the local Public Sector Undertakings and private organisations on Sunday by taking up massive plantation programmes and awareness rallies. The Gangavaram Port employees and people of neighboring villages took the pledge to maintain cleanliness and greenery on the occasion. Under its Green Belt Development programme the Port planned to plant 60,000 saplings during this year on the Port premises and neighborhood areas.
A Short Film With A Green Message 03-Jun-2016
The short film flips through the scenes of untouched glory of rural life. From a sharp decline in the groundwater levels to soaring temperatures and the impact of climate change, the 10-minute-long short film ‘Kalikalama Kalushitha Kalama’ brings out a slice of nostalgia in different layers. The duo say that the Telugu short film will turn into a training manual for those who like to do their bit to conserve planet in every possible way. The movie is only a step towards this endeavor asserts Mr. Hari Venkata Ramana. Presented and visualized by cartoonist B. Hari Venkata Ramana and scripted by editor of ‘Mannemlo’ magazine L. Mallik, the short film neatly encapsulates how the pristine charm of rural life has been affected beyond imagination.
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