Morya Re! Big Bhau, Feminist Mulgis, and Other Specimens of Your Local Ganpati Pandal

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Morya Re! Big Bhau, Feminist Mulgis, and Other Specimens of Your Local Ganpati Pandal

Illustration: Saachi Mehta

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anesh Chaturthi is to Maharashtrians what the Carnival is to Brazilians, and a Honey Singh concert is to Dilliwalas – a chance to cut loose and have some fun. It’s time for dhols, taashas, and trashy Bollywood bangers. Bappa has arrived, so decibel records must be shattered, the 10 pm loudspeaker deadline be damned.

I’m pretty sure if a Ganesh idol came to life, the first thing it’d do is tell people to calm down, and maybe put on some sweet aratis instead. But playing devotional songs at a Ganpati celebration is the equivalent of playing the US national anthem at an Iraqi wedding: Both might result in the DJ getting shot, and what good would that do?

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