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Japanese flower festival begins

india Updated: Mar 12, 2012 01:15 IST
Divya Sethi

The 2-day Ikebana festival, an annual exhibition representing the Japanese art of arranging flowers of all hues and shapes, was opened at Westin hotel near Iffco Chowk on Saturday.

About 20 participants are showcasing their 40 creations at the festival, which has been organised by Ikebana International, Chapter 255, Gurgaon.

Members of Ikebana International feel that the art is dying as youngsters are not interested in carrying forward it anymore.

The exhibition was first launched in 2002 with six members showcasing their creations. And after ten years, there are only 24 members in the Gurgaon chapter.

Indira Mishra, president of Ikebana (Gurgaon chapter), said, "Youngsters these days want everything ready-made. They do not have time to spare in such an art. Ikebana is a meditation which needs lots of patience."

Ratna Guha, president, said, "It is an art that needs complete devotion. We want that more and more youngsters should take interest in the art as in the age of urbanization we hardly get time to see fresh flowers."