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Today Rajopchar/Aarti starts at 6pm ET. Between 8-8:30pm, Guru Kripa Baskaran Ji from Uni of Wisconsin, Madison WI and her 2 students, will present Nritya Sewa at the lotus feet of Lord Ganesha as their offering of 4th day Sangeet/Nritya Sewa series. The Bharatanatyam program is titled "Shri Krishna Raama Smaranam" and will be performed with live music played by professional Musicians from Wisconsin.  WiTh Humble Pranaams - PGF 2021 Team

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Dear Ganesh Devotees,

Namaste. Update #3 Dated 8/15/2021 Below !!

 

Philadelphia Ganesh Festival celebrates 75th Independance Day of India. We have finalized all Cultural and Religious Programs for 2021 and have send the festival brochure to printing press. Please collect your copy from August 20 onwards  from area grocery stores, officers of our advertisers, restaurants, Bharatiya Temple and other Indian owned establishments.

Urgent  Help Needed:

  • Festival is Looking for Green Initiatives Support by sponsors who can donate (5 x $1001) towards total cost of $5005 for Bio-degradable and Bio-sourced bagasse made dinner boxes, napkins, wooden spoons etc. Please send email to pgfcoreteam@gmail.com

  • We need support on Roti/Paratha/Naan donation for Mahaprasad for all 10-days.. About $501 each day average. Please send email to pgfcoreteam@gmail.com

We thank  Dr. Dilip Dudhat of Advanced Dental Clinic and Dr. Ranganathan of Kibow Pharma for being Grand Business Sponsor of the Festival. Also, we thank 6 Grand Sponsors of the Festival, Shri Deepak Patel & Family, Shri Ashok Soni & Family, Shri Nand Todi & Family, Shri Sunil Kakodkar & Family, Dr Eswaran Bala & Family and one Anonymous Donor. 5 More Grand Sponsors are desired...

Progress:

  • Video Message from 2021 Ganesh Festival Leaders HERE

  • 2021 Pandemic Rules for Ganesh Festival are HERE.

  • 2021 Parking Rules for Ganesh Festival are HERE.

  • Digital Copy of 2021 Brochure is HERE.

  • Volunteer Task Sign Up, please click HERE

  • Process Dances Participation, click HERE

  • Daily In-Person Darshan/Aarti Sign UP, please click HERE

  • Vendor Booths Rentals, please click HERE

  • Online Wargani Donation & Contributions, please click HERE

 

Paid Parking Spots:

  • 20 paid parking spots this year available on “First Come First Serve basis”. Suggested Donation for a slot reserved for 1o days is $ 151. Please book these slot by sending an email to - pgf.parking@gmail.com and provide Name, Car Number Plate, Cell Phone Number, Vehicle Type (SUV, Sedan, Midsize etc.) in your email. Payment instructions will be provided along with allotted spot details, by September 5, 2021.

 

Looking forward to welcoming you and serving you!

 

Sincerely performing HIS Sewa, 

  • Dr. Neelima Kute

  • Harshada Pendharkar

  • Vikrant B. Kamble

  • Chandramouli Raghuram

2021 Festival Core Team

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Dear Ganesh Devotees,

Namaste. Update #2 Dated 8/9/2021 Below !!

 

Philadelphia Ganesh Festival had successful Kick-off Meeting on July 31st. This years, 2021 festival will be a real, in-person, full-feature festival like in the past and we are making great progress in festival planning. We are pleased to provide an update and seek your help in few areas. Please re-visit this website regalarly for updates. 

Progress:

  • Video Message from 2021 Ganesh Festival Leaders HERE

  • All 10-days Cultural programs are finalized. We have great programs which will sure entertain Lord Ganesha very well with spiritual and cultural offerings.

  • We are including this year, Young Star Concert featuring top notch Tabla and Sarangi players and accomplished Indian classical dance Students from our area. Performers from dance academies  of Guru Kripa Bhaskaran from MN, Guru Ramya Ramnarayan and Guru Archana Joglekar from NJ will offer dance recitals this year. Pt. Suman Ghosh, and Vidushi Samhita Nandi will offer Vocal performances. We also have an instrumental Juglabandi, Gujarati Sugam Sangeet, Marathi Program, Hindi Ghazal Concert, Bollywood Orchestras, Mudra Dance festival, India Fest etc. all planned for your sewa.

  • We have received good response from Shops/Vendors and Restaurants for IndiaFest stalls. So, please come prepared to spend for ethnic wares while enjoying Indian food at the IndiaFest.

  • Community has filled our 10-day’s calendar with their Mahaprasad offering. Scroll down for more help.

  • Community businesses have supported us with many advertisements. Please send your business ad by Aug 10. From Aug 20, get a colorful festival brochure from Bharatiya Temple, grocery stores, restaurants.

Sign-Ups for Festival:

  • Volunteer Task Sign Up, please click HERE

  • Process Dances Participation, click HERE

  • Daily In-Person Darshan/Aarti Sign UP, please click HERE

  • Vendor Booths Rentals, please click HERE

  • Online Wargani Donation & Contributions, please click HERE

 

Paid Parking Spots:

  • We will reserve 20 paid parking spots this year as well.  Booking for these 20 paid parking slots would be on “First Come First Serve basis”. Suggested Donation for a slot reserved for 1o days is $ 151.

  • Please book these slot by sending an email to - pgf.parking@gmail.com and provide Name, Car Number Plate, Cell Phone Number, Vehicle Type (SUV, Sedan, Midsize etc.) in your email. Payment instructions will be provided along with allotted spot details, by September 5, 2021.

More Help Needed:

  • Festival is Looking for Green Initiatives Support by sponsors who can donate (5 x $1001) towards total cost of $5005 for Bio-degradable and Bio-sourced bagasse made dinner boxes, napkins, wooden spoons etc. Please send email to pgfcoreteam@gmail.com

  • We need support on Roti/Paratha/Naan donation for Mahaprasad for all 10-days.. About $501 each day average. Please send email to pgfcoreteam@gmail.com

Looking forward to welcoming you and serving you!

 

Sincerely performing HIS Sewa, 

  • Dr. Neelima Kute

  • Harshada Pendharkar

  • Vikrant B. Kamble

  • Chandramouli Raghuram

2021 Festival Core Team

July 31, 2021 Update

Dear Ganesh Devotees,

Namaste. Ganapati Bappa Moraya !

 

We will be celebrating the 17th Philadelphia Ganesh Festival (PGF) this year at Bharatiya Temple from Friday Sept 10th till Sunday Sept 19th. This year’s Ganesh Festival will be a FULL-FEATURE with observing precautions, social distancing and sanitization as per the rules prescribed by PA Governor. 

 

We invite all devotees to participate in this SARVAJANIK (PUBLIC) festival. There are multiple opportunities to offer your sewa at HIS feets.

 

  • PGF Brochure: Please send art work for adverts by Aug 10 night 10pm.  This invite will be closed on Aug 11th. Please advertise in PGF printed Brochure, which will be distributed to 4000 people. Deadline for Advertisements: Aug. 8, 2021. Look for a Brochure copy at your favorite grocery store, Indian restaurant, Bharatiya Temple or our advertizer’s offices from August 15th onwards. The advertisement rates and art work submission guidelines can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1smQRsVooAr3i2_qOinKSDTPFxXJDBMJS/view

  • Mahaprasad: Inviting the local community groups, residential communities, Indian Associations and individuals to come forward and provide the Mahaprasad on the day of your choice. One can either cook the Mahaprasad in the temple kitchen or supply pre-cooked food trays on a day of your choice. For signup please send an email to pgfmahaprasad@gmail.comDeadline: August 20, 2021. We need support for Roti/Naan & Paratha. Please see most recent update on the top of this page.

  • Procession: Children from Balvihars, Indian Classical Dance Schools, Youth groups like Indian Cultural Associations in NPSD, College students and young adults are invited to participate and perform dances in Ganesh Arrival and Immersion Procession slated to run on Sept 10 and 19th respectively. More Info and guidelines can be found  here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u4IX2_s7CrmZp7WW34M0geGFVzkb5Md0/view

 

  • YCOMM LEADS: This invite is now closed. We got great response (15 Nominations) for the Ycomm Leader/Co-lead role. We will select the 12 positions by Aug 7 and kick-start youth supported PGF activities helping in various PGF committees. Please respond in overwhelming numbers to our Ycomm leaders when they invite youth from 6-7 neighboring school districts, various Balvihars to participate and sign up for the tasks.

 

  • YOUNG STAR CONCERT: This invite is now closed. Inviting 3-4 Arangetram/Rangpravesh accomplished classical dance students from Greater Philly Area to perform a 20-minute dance performance segment each on Opening Day of PGF 2021, on Sept 10th from 7pm onwards at PGF’s prestigious stage concert billed as “Young Star Concert''. We offer a $101 gift card as an honorarium for the performance at the lotus feel of Lord Ganesha. Interested students should send email to pgfcoreteam@gmail.com

 

  • Sangeet Sewa, Nritya Sewa: Young students of Indian classical music and/or dances are invited to offer Bhajan, Kirthan etc. Sangeet Sewa and Nritya Sewa to Lord Ganesha, upstairs, at 5pm-5:30pm on select days, as a group. On each day, we also offer one 3-4 minute solo slot for Nritya/Sangeet Avadharya during Rajopchar Puja. Interested students can send email to pgf.sangeetsewa@gmail.com

 

  • Tasha Players Invited: Inviting 1-2 Seasoned Tasha Players with prior experience to join PGF’s Dhol-Tasha Band. Further, inviting 3-4 Students (9th/10th grade) who are part of the DRUM playing group in their schools or have good knack of Dhol-Tasha rhythm to learn the TASHA playing. If they show satisfactory progress, they may get to play this year or will continue the training to perform in 2022 PGF.  Interested students can send email to pgfcoreteam@gmail.com  expressing their interest and giving their background in playing rhythm percussion instruments. 

 

Please look forward to more information thru future BTI email, updates on BTI website or Festival Website, www.PhiladelphiaGaneshFestival.org about festival programs, parking info, Darshan Slot signup, Health Precautions etc. 

 

Looking forward to welcoming you and serving you!

 

Sincerely performing HIS Sewa, 

  • Dr. Neelima Kute

  • Harshada Pendharkar

  • Vikrant B. Kamble

  • Chandramouli Raghuram

2021 Festival Core Team