The main motive behind Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s large scale celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi was to use the festival to spread social messages. Majority of the Ganesha Pandals of modern day knowingly or unknowingly continue the tradition of spreading social messages. The Ganesh Chaturthi in 2007 is on September 15 and Mumbai’s famous set designers and Ganesh pandal makers are scratching their brains to outwit each other and to get maximum public attraction.
A major event in the year usually forms the theme of the Ganesh pandal for many artists. The artist gives their interpretation of the event and often has a social message. With Pratibha Patil becoming the first Maharashtrian President of
Some of the reports that are slowly leaking out from various Ganesh pandal makers indicate that in 2007 the main themes will be futuristic Mumbai, Indian democracy, elections and social concerns like farmer suicides, malnutrition, female infanticide, power cut and corruption.
As usual majority of the Ganesh Pandals will be based on religious themes. Some will be depicting the major monuments in the country.