Actor Raqesh Bapat who has been a pioneer in making his own Ganpati was one of the first in our industry to hand carve the idol. The actor who is an artist also has taught many other actors how to carve their own idols which has now become a norm in the telly world.
Last year, Raqesh took the reality plunge with Bigg Boss and we also saw him sculpt the Ganpati idol inside the house as the house for the first time celebrated the festival, a first for Raqesh, the makers as well as the audience to see on national television.
This year with Ganpati Raqesh is said to be taking his love for sculpting a step further as he's curated his own Ganpati Box.
Raqesh reveals, "All these years so many people have been reaching out to me asking how I do it and I guess I never really truly had a mentor myself. However, there's nothing better than spreading art and so the box which I have personally supervised will have everything needed to sculpt the idol and along with it there will be a tutorial video which can be watched for instructions. I am extremely excited and I can't wait for everyone to share the love of art, of imagination, and of creativity with me. For me this is a special time of the year full of positivity and I'm hoping that with Ganpati this year I'm able to multiply that positivity!"
Ask him about his celebration and he says, "I'm hoping to spend Ganpati with my family and my birthday falls on visarjan day. What else could I ask for....its going to be a close knit celebration with my mom, sister and nieces this time."
On the acting front Raqesh recently was the antagonist in the blockbuster Marathi film Sarsenapati Hambirrao.