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Sep 01, 2011 at 08:17am IST

Ganesh Chaturthi: women sculptors create idols

New Delhi: As the 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival kicks off on Thursday, the final touches are being given to a Ganpati idol. Leena Shinde is perhaps one of the few female sculptors of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra…

"This is my sole source of income," said Leena Shinde, idol maker.

The all female Ganesh mandal in Pimpri Chinchwad near Pune has managed to break into the traditionally male dominated Ganpati idol-making business. The mandal has been around for the last 25 years and makes about 10,000 idols every year. It has about 10 workers.

"I paint the idols and get anywhere between Rs 150 to 5000," said Vanita Shinde, idol maker.

The mandal also ensures all the idols are eco-friendly clay idols with no chemical colours.

"We ensure we use the best colours and supervise the quality also," said Surekha Shinde, idol maker.

This all female mandal is now proving to be an inspiration for other aspiring female idol makers.