In the recent TYPOGRAPHY DAY (a typography workshop) that was conducted at Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Ganesha was present in a unique form to bless the event! The Ganesha used for the invocation ceremony,before beginning the workshop was created at IDC. This can be seen in the image below.
The Ganesha face was constructed using the metal type that had the alphabets of an Indian language (font) that are used for the purposes of printing. (Metal type means small rectangular blocks of metal that have raised characters on one surface, used for printing).
This is a perfect example of Ganesha lending himself to be represented in one of the infinitely possible ways of expression. A Ganesha head with his trunk is as powerful an expression as his entire form. Thus this Ganesha created at IDC for this occasion was a true representation of the modern divinity!
The typography workshop was begun by following the norm in the Hindu tradition to light the lamp to invoke the divine Lord of learning’s- Ganesha’s blessings before the commencement of anything new.
The rangoli that was present and the Lord Ganesha who was being invoked both had elements of typography in them!