Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha. On September 2 this year, amidst chant of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ Lord Ganesha will visit the abode of his devotees. Bappa will bless all the devotees before taking leave on September 12, but only with a promise to return the next year. Unfortunately, there will be no Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations for the Kapoors as they sold the RK Studio earlier this year. Notably, Kapoors used to celebrate the festival by welcoming Lord Ganesha in RK Studio every year.
It is worth mentioning here that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at RK Studio was a tradition started by Raj Kapoor 70 years ago. However, as the RK Studio has been sold, Kapoors don’t have enough place to celebrate the festival.
While talking to Times of India, Randhir Kapoor said, “That (2018) was the last Ganesh Chaturthi celebration for us. RK Studios hi nahi raha… to kahan karenge? (When there is no RK Studios, where will we organise it?) Papa (Raj Kapoor) started the tradition 70 years ago with a lot of love for the Trunk God, but now, we don’t have a place where we can hold the celebrations the way we did at RK Studios. We all love Bappa and have immense faith in him, but I guess, we can’t continue with the tradition anymore.”
Ganesh Chaturthi festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the entire Kapoor family at the RK Studio. A section of the studio remained open for public for darshan and morning and evening aartis were held at the makeshift pandal daily. On the day of immersion, the family members including Randhir, Rishi, Ranbir Kapoor and others used to come together.
Importantly, the Kapoors took the decision of selling-off the RK studio after a deadly fire broke out on its premises in 2017.