The second edition of ‘Indrayani Thadi’, a novel initiative to support and promote women’s entrepreneurship, was launched on Thiursady, at Bhosari, in Pune. The programme was inaugurated by Maharashtra’s former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and will go on at the Gaavjatra ground from January 30th to February 2nd.
The programme is expected to further women’s empowerment in the region, and was conceptualised by MLA Mahesh Landge. According to the organisers present at the venue, the launch of the event was the result of efforts by the Shivanjali Sakhi Manch.
The event is akin to a carnival, with several exciting programmes lined up for the four days. This includes cultural events, a food market, a flea market, live shows, packaged/homemade food products, and handicrafts and handloom products, among many other attractions.
As such, it aims to help create a market for products made by women’s self-help groups, thereby helping them become financially independent and developing their social status.
The programme has several thematic structures on display, from fields like arts, science, the Indian freedom struggle, and Indian mythology, to name a few. The entrance to the arena also has a giant replica of noted social reformer Jyotirao Phule’s residence, known as Phule Wada.
Furthermore, prototypes of former president Pratibha Patil, social reformers Savitribai Phule, Queen Jijau, Ahilyadevi Holkar and Mother Teresa, singer Lata Mangeshkar, astronaut Kalpana Chawla and social worker Sindhutai Sapkal are also located near the entrance gate.
Along with this, a statue of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj is also located at the entrance to the arena, along with ‘Samvidhan Bhavan’ proposed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad municipality, and a statue of Gautam Buddha, along with others.