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Symbolising ChristmasIkebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement is not just simply putting flowers in a container. Infact, it is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing in which nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. In principle, ikebana aims not at bringing a finite pieces of nature into the house, but rather at suggesting the whole of nature, by creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors. True to the philosophy, the 'Ikebana exhibition' organised by the Horticulture Department in association with the Ikebana Art, Hyderabad chapter at its premises in Nampally highlighted the nature and showcased the ikebana art in all its pristine glory.

Ikebana-Representing DiwaliThe theme of the this year's Ikebana exhibition was festivals. Ikebana enthusiasts came out with different creative stuff stressing on different festivals of India like Christmas, Diwali, Ugadi, Dassera, Rakhi and Onam. Lata Ravindra, an ikebana devotee came up with her own creation of Diwali which had firecrackers and a 'diya' embedded with colourful flowers and green leaves. There was another arrangement by Radha Reddy inspired by the festival of Naga Panchami. This stunning ikebana arrangement had a long skewed stem curled around a bunch of flowers. All the arrangements were different in their own way and gave the visitors an opportunity to have a glimpse of the wonderful ikebana flower arrangement.

Arrangement at its bestAs is true of all other arts, ikebana is a creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, seed pods, buds, grasses and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes and graceful lines. Ikebana is, therefore, much more than mere floral decoration.

But how ikebana is different from other forms of floral arrangements? "What distinguishes ikebana from other flower arrangements is its asymmetrical form and the use of empty space as an essential feature of the composition. A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial" , says Dr Rajkumari Singh, an expert in the field who trains ikebana enthusiasts in Hyderabad.

Ikebana flower arrangementIs ikebana a difficult art to learn? "To say that ikebana is a full-fledged art does not mean that it is esoteric. Anyone with a little time and inclination can acquire sufficient skill to make beautiful arrangements. Still, as in the other arts, it is necessary to master certain fundamental techniques before proceeding to free creation", says Singh.

But why this art form is highly developed in Japan? "The development of floral art in Japan can be attributed to the Japanese love of nature. People in all countries appreciate natural beIkebanaauty, but in Japan, the appreciation amounts almost to a religion. Even in contemporary concrete-and-asphalt urban complexes, they display a remarkably strong desire to have a bit of nature near them", says Dr Rajkumari Singh. According to her, the art from is not highly developed in India because of its expensive nature.

Ikebana enthusiasts can contact Dr Rajkumari Singh at the following address: Dr Rajkumari Singh,
House # 6-2-952/3, Khairathabad, Hyderabad-500 004. Phone: 761 4334, 339 0711.
- MAR Fareed
Photographs: David

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