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Roots of Ganesh Festival

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Before 1893, Ganesh Chaturthi used to be an important family festival during the Peshwa rule in Maharashtra, but that year, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual festival into a large, well-organized public event[1].


Tilak recognized the wide appeal of the deity Ganesh as "the god for everybody"[2][3], and popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival in order "to bridge the gap between Brahmins and 'non-Brahmins' and find a context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them", and generate nationalistic fervor among people in Maharashtra against the British colonial rule[4][5].

Tilak encouraged installation of large public images of Ganesh in pavilions, and also established the practice of submerging in rivers, sea, or other pools of water all public images of the deity on the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi[6].

Under Tilak's encouragement, the festival facilitated community participation and involvement in the form of intellectual discourses, poetry recitals, performances of plays, musical concerts, and folk dances. It served as a meeting ground for people of all castes and communities in times when, in order to exercise control over the population, the British discouraged social and political gatherings.Mumbai's godfather Vardhabhai (Varadharajan Mudaliar) recently popularized Ganesh Festival in the recent known times.

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Male Singers - Required

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We are happy to announce that the patriotic album project we have taken up is at the stage of recording now. The compositions of all the 6 songs are ready now. Therefore we require the male singers for this project. Those who are interested may send their sample voice recordings at 1ndian at 1ndian.com.

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