Photo: Rama Shah displaying the first
idol made blind-folded. (She has made the idol structure blind
folded. The painting of eyes and the decoration is done with
open eyes.) (enlarge
The formal inauguration of lighting the
traditional lamp was done at the hands of Shri Jayaram Mani,
Vice President, South Indian Education Society at 8.45am.
Shri Shashikant G. Vora, President of PSA and Shri M.R. Bhatia,
Vice Principal were also present.
Ms. Shah was blind folded and she made the first
idol of Lord Ganesha to the utter surprise of students, staff
and the public and everyone gathered clapped their hands in
Shah continued doing the idols nonstop in
different shapes and sizes without using any mould, through
the day and the night.
She did not lose her moods or her patience when
at night the power went off. Rama continued her work with
full dedication and determination in candle light.
Photo: Rama Shah continues
making the idols. In front, her previously made idols are
displayed. The 999 idols which are being made by her are displayed
separately on her right. (enlarge
In all she made 999 idols of the Lord in 24 hours,
out of which 9 idols were made blind folded. It is a great
achievement and a wonderful record.
There was the display gallery also where
99,999 idols previously made, were displayed and the display
was extended by a day on public demand. The display included
Ganesha in different poses: standing, sitting, sleeping.
Considering herself completely consumed
in the art, Shah's devotion began after the Lord appeared
in dreams in 2000. Photo: Rama Shah with the 999 ganesha
idols made by her in 24 hours non stop. (enlarge
Rama’s endeavour began after she felt that
‘‘she should do something that no one has ever attempted before.’’
The impetus came from a dream. ‘‘One night I
dreamt of Lord Ganesha. After the dream, I decided that I
will try my hand at making Ganesh idols,’’ says Rama. One
idol led to another and soon Rama found that making these
idols was an activity she enjoyed immensely.
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