Nasik: Propagating eco-friendly way of life, four organisations in the city have came together with a lifestyle exhibition displaying Khadi garments at Hutatma Memorial.

The exhibition, Jeevan Utsav, has been organized by Nirmal Gram Nirman Kendra, Sarvodaya Pariwar, Marathi Vidnyan Parishad and Lokadhar Sanstha. “Khadi displayed in the exhibition is made by dedicated workers who work on charkha (spinning wheel). We also have hand-made gift items made of bamboo, paper and pepwood made by rural artisans,” said social worker Mukund Dixit, who is one of the organisers. The exhibition also has a Charkha-training facility for enthusiasts.

The exhibition has many innovative concepts demonstrated for eco-friendly lifestyle and celebration of Diwali. The live demonstration of in-house gardens, organic food and oil is pulling the health conscious people towards the stalls. “Our food is losing its nutritional values due to over use of chemicals and excessive heating of oilseeds during the manufacturing process. We have introduced a simple oilseed crushing machine that produces pure and nutritious form of edible oil,” said Jairam Puri, who is running ‘Eco Sure’ project. The service of oil seed crusher is available on no-profit-no-loss basis at the venue.

Mahesh Vishwakarma, who comes from Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, has brought the traditional metal art pieces of the region to the exhibition. “The iron artworks are carved through single plate by heating and moulding it. There is a lot of hard work involved in this process. But, people hardly realise it. The exhibition provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate the process of making these articles,” he said. Similar type of demonstration of bamboo articles is also being held by Nashik-based Ajit Takke. The exhibition also has zero-plastic paper bags, cloth bags, eco-friendly lanterns and earthen lamps made by local potters.

“The exhibition is, in fact, an opportunity for the common people to buy the goods made by local artisans. This will not only make our Diwali happening, but also add joy into their celebrations,” said Dixit.

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