MUMBAI: It’s that time of the year when people in Mumbai are all geared up to welcome Ganpati Bappa. Every year, television actor Raqesh Bapat sculpts his own ecofriendly Ganpati idol and has inspired many celebs to do the same .
Joining the brigade are actors Rithvik Dhanjani, Karan Wahi, and Tejaswi Prakash Wayangankar.
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Talking about creating her own Ganpati idol, Tejaswi said, ‘I am in the process of learning the art of sculpting my own gannu. Initially, I was clueless about approaching Raqesh, but later, Rithvik stepped in and introduced me to Raqesh. That is how I started to learn sculpting from Raqesh. It’s an amazing process and I am learning a lot from him. I also feel more connected with Ganeshji now. Since Raqesh and I are both Maharashtrians, we have get along extremely well. He is not only a great human being but also a brilliant artist.’
Today being Teachers’ Day, what would you like to say to Raqesh? Tejaswi says, ‘I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to Raqesh. He probably doesn’t realize what he has done for me. I will be forever indebted to him for teaching me this art and giving me a spiritual high.’
Well, we can’t wait to see the final sculpted Ganpati idols by Raqesh’s amazing students. What about you?