Most students making Ganesha Idols: world record set by Pune children (VIDEO)
PUNE, India -- A total of 3,082 children from 160 schools in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits were part of the biggest workshop held in Pune; they made 3,082 Ganesha Idols, thus setting the new world record for the Most students making Ganesha Idols in one place, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Brainchild of mayor Mukta Tilak, the idea was to promote an environment- friendly Ganesh Festival. Photo: Pratham Gokhale (enalrge photo)
Amid the shouts of Ganpati Bappa Morya, the children began slowly kneading the clay, learning and following master sculptor Vivek Khatavkar, as he slowly took the children through the process of giving life to a clay mould.
Brainchild of mayor Mukta Tilak, the idea was to promote an environment- friendly Ganesh Festival.
"We thought of training 3,000 students in making clay idols, where sculptor Vivek Khatavkar would help them with a live demonstration. It is indeed very nice to see the student's enthusiasm and eagerness to learn something new," she said.
"This is the world's biggest workshop and these children inspire others to be aware about the environment," said Prakash Javadekar, minister for human resource development.
Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar was present throughout the event that stretched for nearly two hours.
An enthusiastic Kumar said that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) stands committed to see that the festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha is celebrated in an ecofriendly way.
The entire workshop lasted for a duration of 1 hour and 31 minutes, where each of the participant was making his/her own sculpture, with the help of the instructors. Two timekeepers were also present at the venue who marked the start of the lesson and also ended the lesson.