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IBN 7 to air special series for Ganesh Chaturthi

MUMBAI: To celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi IBN 7 has lined up an 11-day long series 'Ganpati Bappa Moriya' beginning from 15 September. The series will feature daily aarti at the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai along with daily half-hour evening specials at 7:30 pm.

Besides IBN 7 will bring live the daily morning aarti from the Siddhivinayak temple in a special 10-minute segment at 5 am with repeats at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 am.

As a part of the celebration the channel will feature issues like the history of the festival, special Ganpati pandals and events and how they are funded, how the famous life-size Ganesha idols are made and other aspects of the festivities with special focus on Mumbai. The series will also deal with environmental issues and noise pollution, how celebrities celebrate the occasion, a look at the tallest Ganpati's across the country and the differences and similarities between the way Indian families observe Ganesh Chaturthi in India and abroad - highlighting the global extent of the festival.

The series will conclude with a one-hour long special show on 25 September which is the day of Ganpati Visarjan. The one-hour show to be reported by celebrity anchors from various Visarjan spots will look at the special traffic arrangements made to accommodate thousands of people taking to the streets and celebrity.

IBN 7 managing editor Ashutosh said, "Ganesh Chaturthi is without a doubt one of the biggest festivals to be celebrated in India. Our special programming line-up will bring the viewers every aspect of the festival - from the daily aarti to the behind-the-scenes arrangements that go into making this such a grand celebration."

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