10092021-LSTC-01.qxd 9/9/2021 11:02 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE CHANDIGARH FRIDAY | 10 SEPTEMBER 2021 Of devotion & festivity Mona G ANESH Chaturthi officially begins the festival season. While the celebrations are muted, under the shadow of the third wave of the pandemic, celebs are looking forward to the festival. They talk about their special bond with Bappa and how he took many of them in his embrace when they started to call Mumbai their home! FAVOURITE TIME Being from a Maharashtrian family, Ganesh Chaturthi has been a favourite time of the year. We always get Ganpati home; my grandmom makes delicious ukadiche modak. Before Covid, Ganesh Chaturthi would be the perfect time to meet and greet a lot of people; we would have nearly 200 people at our home on the first day. This year too we will be bringing Bappa home with lots of love, but will miss seeing the many people. Every year on the first day of the festival, my guru, Sanjeev Chimmalgi, hosts a midnight classical music concert at his home; the excitement to finish all the activities during the day and then sing in front of Bappa is unmatched. — Jashan Bhumkar, singer ECO-FRIENDLY APPROACH During these tough times, as celebs mark Ganesh Chaturthi, they talk about Bappa and low-key celebrations VIRTUAL CONNECT SAFE & SOUND I truly believe Lord Ganesha is our Vighnaharta, so this is the best time to thank him for all the blessings he has showered on us. I am in LA currently, so will be connecting with my friends and family via video calls. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival in Mumbai and I’m always excited to celebrate it. I will decorate my place with flowers and lights; hold a puja at home and visit the temple with my friends. Traditional festivities have been toned down due to the pandemic, but the fervour is intact. — Isha Chhabra, actress POSITIVE VIBES Ganesh Chaturthi brings along fresh breath of energy and positivity. I am sure Lord Ganesha would want low-key celebrations in these tough times. I totally support ecofriendly Lord Ganesha idols. Hope Lord Ganpati gets good luck for us. — Sayantani Ghosh, actress — Anju Jadhav, actress TRUE BLESSINGS When I was new to Mumbai and my journey in acting had just begun,after some months of struggle the first time I faced the camera was on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi. I took this as a hint that Bappa has got my back and has sent me his good wishes. I hail from the Land of Gods — Uttarakhand. Ganesh Chaturthi starts the festival season. I am a propagator of Sparsh Ganga and always step ahead to save the environment in any sort of way. This year I will bring an eco-friendly Ganesh ji that can be recycled. — Arushi Nishank, actor REAL SAVIOUR Ganesh ji is the real saviour of people. Celebrations can still be fun if all rules set by the government are followed. I hope Bappa continues to bless us and my show Bade Acche Lagte Hain 2. — Abhinav Kapoor, actor BEING FRIENDLY Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival to celebrate relationships. Every year I go to GurmeetDebina, Vivek Oberoi, Ankit Bathla, Raaj Shandliya and other friends’ home to celebrate. — Karan Singh Chhabra, actor — Shaily Priya, actress c m y b
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