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Marigold exhibits held to save flower markets in India

by webdev

October 11, 2010

After India's government proposed the relocation of three flower markets to a single, multi-storey building, citizens began a protest campaign in order to save Delhi's flower bazaars, reports

The Genda Phool Project campaign attempts to build public opinion against the proposal through artistic forms of India's most beloved flower, the marigold.

As part of the protest, Delhi is alight with artistic forms of marigold flowers that include music concerts, art exhibitions featuring paintings of the marigold's vibrant hues, plantation drives for marigold saplings and walks through the three flower arrangement markets.

Speaking about why the campaigners chose marigolds as a theme, Himanshu Verma, director and curator of the campaign said,"If you want to celebrate something, (you will) celebrate it in all ways... forms... colours... sizes, in all mediums- music, dance, art- so the activities are infinite, like genda itself," according to the news source.

Marigolds, known in India as gendas, are one of the country's most celebrated flowers and they're used to mark important religious and national occasions.

Marigold leaves are used in India to heal conjunctivitis, cuts, scratches and bruises. The flowers are proffered to Lord Vishnu, the supreme god in Hinduism, according to


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