Fifteen members gathered for our August monthly meeting. The agenda this time was a demonstration by sensei Meenakshi Sarin on the theme go Hope in Adversity, and a workshop to follow in the same theme.
The Study Group was delighted to welcome back Meenu after her convalescence and absence from the meetings, and it was an apt title for her personal experiences of the last year.
She was assisted by her student Shylaja, and her heartfelt narration that accompanied her compositions inspired all of us who were present.
As she started on her third composition, sensei Meenu narrated the Greek myth of Pandora and the box of evils, which she opens and thus releases miseries on humanity. In the poem by Hesiod, Works and Days, he narrates that one item did not escape the jar:
Only Hope was left within her unbreakable house,(Read more here.)
she remained under the lip of the jar, and did not
fly away. Before [she could], Pandora replaced the
lid of the jar. This was the will of aegis-bearing
Zeus the Cloudgatherer.
|Sensei Meenakshi interprets the box of Pandora, with Hope still within, as sufferings and misery are inflicted on us.|
|With her three arrangements, each different in character and narrative.|
|Chitra Rajan's composition with the blue flowers showing the fragility of hope as it clings on, despite adversity, symbolised by the driftwood and the leaf that is in decay.|
|Sensei Malathi wished to convey that the glass vase is the hope she clings on to as it seems that life is ebbing out of her favourite plant in her garden.|
|Chitra Thiagarajan used the dried stalk of nungu (Palmyra palm) to represent adversity in her table arrangement without a vase. The bright red head of ixora emerging as hope.|
|For Jyotsna, the jerberas stood out as rays of sunshine/hope despite the adversity in which it is grounded.|
|Sensei Molly relived the adversity of the floods that wrecked her home and garden. As life struggled to return to normal, Hope in the form of the single flower gave her courage to move on and rebuild.|
|Sensei Janaki experimented with creating the adversity of the desert where hope is in the form of an oasis.|
|Bhuvana used a single spray of white flowers to symbolise Hope.|
|Sensei Trishala also interpreted hope in the adversity of the Kerala floods.|
|For Shylaja, hope rises strong and vibrant winning over adversity.|