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Youth get environment lesson througheco-friendly mini Narkasur contest

Youth get environment lesson througheco-friendly mini Narkasur contest

12 Oct 2017 No comment 33 hits

Panaji: Taking the idea of environment-friendly Diwali celebrations a notch higher, the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) recently organized a mini narkasur-making contest. Nearly 25 students from different parts of Goa took part in the competition wherein only organic material was allowed for making of the effigies.

This competition along with eco-friendly narkasur workshop held a few days prior to that is part of build-up to upcoming Diwali celebrations and narkasur ritual associated with it.

Artist, Harshada Kerkar who had conducted the workshop said, "An eco-friendly narkasur is the first step towards curbing pollution. If we suddenly start preaching to people to not burn effigies, it may fall on deaf ears. Instead, we are discouraging them from using fibre glass, thermocol and plastic while building the narkasur since these emit harmful gases," she said.

She added that this, in turn, will help look at the larger picture of reducing the burning of effigies altogether.

"It is silly to create a work of art only to burn it. If we can create art work and keep them as installations, it would be a much wiser thing to do. The effort to use organic materials urges children to look at alternative ways of creating art," Kerkar said. Using perishable material like bamboo, old newspapers or hay, the students managed to carry out the tradition of building the demon effigy with a green twist. Winners of the mini-narkasur competition organized were Ankur Dabolker and Akshata Sawant.

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