Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Its time for a rhyme I think,
two days went by in a blink.
To Yercaud we went
No, not in a tent
But to a bungalow with flowers so pink.

Seeta was our hostess so gracious,
efficient, warm and vivacious.
We chattered and laughed
Bantered and argued
With appetites so voracious!!

Butterflies and birds was my quest,
But Ashoka was numerologically-obsessed.
Mom wanted to see a bison
And Prerana insisted on being human!

Padma aunty sat serenely
While Vaishali giggled incessantly.
Dally listened to all the prose
Venkatesh, was ever-ready with a pose.

Meenu was practical and tactical
in dealing with all the views so radical!

The jacarandas were in bloom
Lavender oil spread its perfume.
The hill bananas were such a treat
Teneri honey a trifle bittersweet.

A casual collection of all of this
Made for a composition I'm glad I did not miss.
See the magic of the sensei's hands
As she brought together disparate strands.

I speak not only of the flora artistically composed
But also us opposites, so cleverly juxtaposed.

So ended our year of Ikebana and flowers
And now we must wait for June-July showers
Before we resume
Our tryst with the blooms,
Which give us such joy for hours!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hana Dome

Keith Stanley has some useful information and tips on no-kenzan fixtures, using wire, etc. There is a link to a PDF file that gives more detailed instructions as well.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sogetsu Ikebana 2010 - a set on Flickr

Sogetsu Ikebana 2010 - a set on Flickr

Here are the pictures from our exhibition. If any arrangement is missing, please let me know, and I will add it!
The Hindu review of the Ikebana in Chennai show
Beauty, joy in full display at Japanese flower arrangement

Staff Reporter
Three-day exhibition as part of the Japan cultural festival
— Photo: S. R. RaghunathanEnchanting:Bharatanatyam exponent Alarmel Valli looks at a display at the Ikebana exhibition held at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, on Friday

CHENNAI: Dried plants and tree branches hold utmost beauty to them, while spaces, lines, mass and surface are important features of their arrangement. Students from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana showcased their creativity in the Japanese art of flower arrangement, which was inaugurated by Bharatanatyam exponent Alarmel Valli at the Lalit Kala Akademi here on Friday.

The three-day exhibition is being organised as part of the Japan cultural festival by ABK-AOTS Dosokai, Sogetsu Study Circle in association with the Consulate General of Japan.

In Meenakshi Sarin's arrangement Asia lily, ginger lily and aesthetically cut cane swirls merged to stand out in a ceramic vase.

Ambika Chandrasekar went a step further by making her exhibit eco-friendly. Eucalyptus leaves took shapes when arranged on the recycled paper basket.

Besides learning a new hobby, participants said how the art has helped them add a new dimension to their personal and professional life. Ashoka Bhupathy who has a boutique is among the few men who have been learning Ikebana from Malathi Pandurang.

“In my store I match a new outfit with the arrangement. It stands out as well as brings in more curious customers,” says Mr. Bhupathy, who makes a new Ikebana style every three days.

Chitra Thyagarajan has completed her basic and advanced course in Ikebana and says the art makes one explore further, even when driving. “I have around 25 ceramic, glass and other containers at home where I try different arrangements. It is the beauty and joy that this art brings out for the entire household,” she says.

Others like Seethalakshmi Asaithambi specially placed order for a granite vase to coordinate with her flower arrangement.

Earlier Alarmel Valli recalled her memories of Japan, her association with Malathi Pandurang and how Ikebana, dance and poetry come together.

Sogetsu Ikebana at Auroville - a set on Flickr

Sogetsu Ikebana at Auroville - a set on Flickr

As you wait for me to upload the Ikebana Chennai photos, enjoy this set!