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March workshop - Variation 4

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 23rd March 2022 Our March meeting was on 23rd at 11.30 am via Google Meet, and included an  online demonstration by sensei Mrs. Molly Cherian. Theme for her demonstration and the subsequent Workshop was “ Nagiere, with vertical bar fixture, lesson Variation 4.  Also called the "missing style", without the Soe line, it lends itself to beautiful compositions.  16 members gathered online to watch. Sensei Molly, in her usual quiet manner, was well planned and methodical.  She explained how she chose this topic as it is important to use a vertical bar, to control the angles in a nagiere, and it is a good practise for all of us. She began with a brown ceramic vase, and showed step by step, how to set up the vertical bar.  It was a great help to all the students. Her first arrangement was Variation 4 - Upright, reversed style, with Jasmine branches from her garden and chrysanthemum flowers. She then explained that she will demonstrate slanting style in Variation 4.  Here also, she

School workshops as part of Hello Japan

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 18th and 28 March 2022 In the midst of a  scorching Indian summer in mid March 2022, Sogetsu Chennai Branch was invited by Ms. Miyuki Inoue,  Culture Head, Japanese Consulate, Chennai to conduct an interactive Ikebana demonstration for the Hello Japan program showcasing Japanese Culture to senior secondary school students  Freestyle exhibits by Chitra Rajan and Divya Selvam at Velammal Vidyalaya school Sogetsu Chennai director Mrs Malathi Pandurang deputed Sensei Divya Selvam and Sensei Chitra Rajan to conduct a demonstration for students of two higher secondary schools Velammal Vidyalaya school and Sethu Bhaskara Matriculation higher Secondary School at Chennai, India. In both the demonstrations the  senseis  showed basic upright and basic slanting style on a Moribana container and then invited a few students to try out the same. The demonstration was viewed with great interest by staff and students and the students enjoyed the interactive session too. Besides these two free style de

All round arrangements

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 23rd February 2022 15 members attended the online demonstration of all-round arrangements by Sensei Meenakshi Sarin Unfortunately, we had poor connectivity, and were not able to enjoy the demonstration as much as would have liked to. Sensei Meenakshi showed us 3 moribana all-round freestyle, using interesting and unusual shaped vases. The members created al round arrangements, and photographed their arrangements from different angles, to show the different effect from all sides.  Some members did free style, while others followed Variation 6. The arrangements can be viewed here..

Plants and I - our annual virtual exhibition

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 January 22nd 2022 The Sogetsu Branch had its 11th annual Virtual exhibition.  Our first one as a branch. Once again sadly, Chennai was in the throes of a Covid outbreak, this time the third wave was raging, and as a result, members were once again restricted to work and create from home, with materials they could find. Many of our members went through quarantine, but yet we proceeded undaunted, wanting to use Ikebana to keep our spirits up, keep us connected to one another and continue to hope for better times. 21 members participated and we put up 33 exhibits Sensei Meenakshi, welcomed the gathering, and due to the wonders of technology, we could have her join us despite still being under quarantine!  We were honoured to have guests from across the world including Master Instructor Misei Ishikawa from Japan.    Sensei Molly introduced our Chief Guest Mr Masayuki Taga, Consul General of Japan in Chennai. Consul General, Mr Taga, had words of encouragement for us, as he recalled the lo

December demonstration and workshop on Variation 2

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 11th December 2021 Our last meeting and workshop of the year.  The them was Variation 2, both Upright and Slanting in Moribana and Nagiere.  It was good for everyone to revise this lesson, in which the Soe and Hikae are reversed from the Basic Upright. We had demonstrations of the lesson from Ms Bhuvana Shivshankaran and Ms Luna Bose, our senior students, this time. 20 members tuned in to watch on Google Meet. Bhuvana first demonstrated Variation 2 Upright style Moribana in a nice large suiban, with ixora branches and roses.   Her second was Slanting Variation 2 Nagiere, with sapota branches and chrysanthemums.  Sensei Malathi then suggested that she turn the vase to show the line in front, and Bhuvana quickly redid the arrangement with the vase in this position.  The members could appreciate the difference this made for the composition. Luna began with the Slanting style Variation 2 in Moribana, with lovely gerberas and eranthemum leaves, graceful in the large ceramic container. She

November workshop - Understanding Texture

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20th November 2021 For our November workshop, our Chairperson Sensei Malathi, chose an interesting theme of "Texture".  There was a discussion as to whether we could do it face to face, or should we do it via online. Finally, while participation was online, our sensei Pushkala braved the heights of the Chennai monsoon to use the ABK AOTS Dosokai venue and Zoom link to demonstrate on this theme. As usual, she was well planned for her demonstration and also meticulous in her execution.   She began with a wooden vase, for which she used the cane swirls to highlight the texture of the vase. The mirroring of the vase design as well was skilful, and the single anthurium - brought a focal point.   For her second composition, Sensei Pushkala brought out an interesting steel grill painted black - a structure that she created  and painted herself!   Her dark coloured saree prevented us from seeing it well, so we requested her to display the vase, and here is a screenshot of the structu

Sensei Ken Katayama's online demonstration for the start of Chennai Sogetsu Branch - Google Photos

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24th October was a memorable day for us at Chennai Sogetsu, as we kicked off our establishment as a Branch with a wonderful online demonstration from Tokyo by Riji Sensei Ken Katayama. Sensei Katayama needs no introduction to the Sogetsu community around the world, and his presence drew participants from all over the globe!  The Sogetsu community took part in our happiness, and we had so many wishes from across the world. Every composition reflected his joy and the mood of celebration and it was a  wonderful and masterful  display for us all.   Beginning on a festive note, with the celebratory colours of gold, he quickly and  deftly gave us 10 "jewels", with a wide variety of materials, vases and styles, interweaving the principles and techniques of Sogetsu as well. Do click on the link below for details of all the arrangements, with good pictures. Sensei Ken Katayama's online demonstration for the start of Chennai Sogetsu Branch - Google Photos Sharing some of the commen