The preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi started a day before the actual festival day, when the students gave shape to their imagination by creating with their own hands, an endearingly beautiful, environment-friendly Ganesha idol using organic clay and coconuts.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at the LLA Photography College Campus began on an auspicious note. Dressed in traditional/ ethnic wear students trooped into the academy and started to take up various activities to ensure a bright and early start to the festivities to follow. One group converted the reception area into a beautiful pandal for the Ganesha idol, while another group decorated the auditorium. A third group helped in the preparation of lunch which included traditional Modaks (popular steamed Indian sweet dish) and Sundal (a spicy snack made from chick peas) as well.
As soon as the Academy bell chimed and all had gathered at the Reception, Satvika and Diya presented a synchronised dance recital in the Bharatanatyam style to ‘EkadantayaVakratundaya’, an invocation to Lord Ganesha sung by Shankar Mahadevan. This was followed by music and dance performances from some of the other students too.
At LLA, we believe that food ought to touch one’s heart through one’s Palate. The lunch on Ganesh Chaturthi day was a classic example of that. Proof? The fully cleaned out Plates…
This was the first big festival of the year that students celebrated at the LLA Campus and therefore students had happy memories of it. Comments made by a couple of students are given below:
“It was a really good experience for me. Vinayaka Chaturthi is a big festival that we celebrate at home and it felt like I was at home. I was taking candid pictures all day, which was really nice and we had some good performances later.” – Tarun Varma
“It was a good experience and a lot of fun. I felt like I was at home in LLA. I performed on stage for the first time; a new experience for me. It was a good day and I enjoyed myself.” – Gobinath. D