Water scarcity no dampener for festival, revellers switch to dry Holi

Water scarcity no dampener for festival, revellers switch to dry Holi

 In the wake of water shortage and drought in the state, organisers have switched to dry Holi parties on Sunday with emphasis on organic and dry colours.

“Last year, we had holi water guns, colour balloons and rain dances. With daily reports and increasing complaints about water shortage, we have ditched the thought of using water for the event this time. Organic holi powder will be used and revellers have been told to get their own water bottles or head home to wash off the colours,” said a Holi carnival organiser.

Another event organiser, Leena H said bringing in water tankers for Holi parties where huge crowds gather, is a daunting and costly affair. “Water has become expensive now with tankers charging exorbitantly.”

Water sprinklers
Meanwhile, a few party organisers have opted for water sprinklers to reduce water use for rain dance.

Madan from The Lalit Bangalore, which will host a Holi party said: “The use of water is limited to sprinklers. Also, this edition, we will not use pools as a lot of water is wasted.”
A BWSSB official said it is a good trend. However, the official said they have so far not carried out any awareness programmes on reduction of water use at Holi parties since events are organised privately.

E-holi
At E-Zone Club, Marathahalli, where Holi is arranged on March 19, E-holi is being celebrated. “Colours will be projected into every nook and corner of the venue through laser lights and lighting technologies to give people a feel of Holi. Dry colours will also be available for those who want to use it. There will be a music concert too,” Kishore Kumar, one of the organisers said.

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