Valpoi: Celebrate Holi, the festival of colours, organically and avoid use of chemical substance that causes skin irritation and allergies. This is the message that Suryakant Shankar Gaonkar, from rural Bhuipal in Sattari, has been spreading since last six years by supplying natural colours.
Gaonkar has been preparing natural colours using flowers, leaves and other natural material available in his village.
He says that this year there is more demand for organic colour and his target of making colours this year is one thousand-plus kgs. He is assisted in his work by his family members.
Every year, from December he starts making the natural colours. People from all parts of Goa visit his home to buy Holi colours.
According to the Gaonkar, Holi marks the beginning of spring and end of winter. The festival of colours is celebrated with much joy by smearing of colour on faces and clothes. With increasing consciousness about health and environment, he urges people to use natural colours for Holi. [H]