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art and culture Updated: Mar 22, 2012 00:13 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
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Celebrating the Japanese flower arrangement of Ikebana, an exhibition in the city will showcase about 65 such art pieces made by artists.

The exhibition is being organised by the Delhi chapter of Ikebana International, a worldwide non-profit cultural organisation that works towards promotion of mutual understanding and friendship through Ikebana.

Each year, the exhibition has a theme. While it was Friendship Through Flowers last year as a gesture for the Tsunami vicitims in Japan, this time around, the theme is Reach Out For The Stars, which aims at giving out the message of looking ahead and leaving life’s hurdles behind.

“What better than flowers to give out a message. The arrangements, which are exhibited, are made by the members of the society,” says Amrita Mankad, the chairperson of the exhibition.

The members of the society meet once in a month and classes are also carried out to learn the art form. “The Delhi Ikebana International was formed in 1965. As of now, we have a strength of 109 members, who are of different age groups,” says Mankad.

All the arrangements in this one day exhibition will be created on the spot using flowers available at the local florist, as well as taking the help of other materials.

Under the broader umbrella of Ikebana International, there are two functioning schools of Ikebana — Sogetsu and Ohara School of Ikebana. “The Ohara School allows to use anything that’s growing around you, with no artificial props,” says Mankad.

Here you go...

What: Reach For The Stars (Ikebana exhibition)
When: March 23
Timings: 11.30am-5.30pm
Where: India International Centre, Main Art Gallery, Max Mueller Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line