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Treat for bonsai lovers

BONSAI IS a lifetime hobby that requires lot of patience and brings a person in close contact with nature. Jyoti and Nikunj Parekh who founded the Bonsai Study Group in 1979 said this during a tete-a-tete with Hindustan Times today.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 16:36 IST

BONSAI IS a lifetime hobby that requires lot of patience and brings a person in close contact with nature. Jyoti and Nikunj Parekh who founded the Bonsai Study Group in 1979 said this during a tête-à-tête with Hindustan Times today.

The Group is part of The Indo Japanese Association. The couple is in Indore for a three-day bonsai exhibition and demonstration organised by Indore Chapter of the Group at Indore Tennis Club from yesterday.

Jyoti and Nikunj studied the art of bonsai from instructors in Mumbai and Japan. Jyoti informed that both of them work as Bonsai instructors and garden designers in Mumbai. On being asked about the inclination towards bonsai Jyoti said that it was just because it brings nature to our homes in miniature form.

The couple has experimented with all forms and types of bonsai over these years. Nikunj says that sometimes it takes even two-three years to develop a piece of bonsai. Mostly evergreen plants with long life are chosen for bonsai.

The shaping and designing is done without any moulds and the raw material used is plain ceramic pots, soil and two to three year old plant.

Jyoti who has written few cookery books also, says that housewives get attracted to bonsai because it takes very less space and decorates the home aptly. According to them informal upright style is the most basic form of bonsai.

Nikunj opines that the Mural bonsai is the latest trend, while Jyoti stands for the dry landscape thing that suits people who cannot take regular care of the plant. The maintenance required for bonsai plant is just watering, sunlight and periodic supply of fertilizer.

There is a professional aspect to bonsai other than being an art, states Jyoti. She highlighted that bonsai plants are available at starting range from Rs 200. Banyan, chiku, orange, lemon, guava, cherry, kamini and bougainvillea plants make fantastic bonsai designs as the designer can experiment with them, says Nikunj delightfully.

This nature loving couple has written two books on bonsai named ‘Wonderworld of Tropical Bonsai’ and ‘Wonderworld of Bonsai and Saikei’.

They take Basic and Advanced lessons in Bonsai at their Bonsai Gallery in Mumbai. Most importantly no artificial colours or decoration is used for bonsai, it is all a matter of natural cutting and nurturing, adds Nikunj.

Meanwhile, the Bonsai exhibition at Indore Tennis Club which concludes tomorrow has on display various bonsai forms right from simple ones to complex designs like idols carved out of trees etc. The dry landscape, murals and flower bonsai are beautifully aligned on soil samples in the exhibition. Around 200 bonsai pieces are on display in the exhibition.

Exhibition coordinator P C Sarkar (member, Bonsai Study Group Indore chapter) mentioned that the bonsai plants in the exhibition were developed by Jyoti and Nikunj Parekh and also by other members of the group. The mural bonsai taught in the demonstration held yesterday and today is a part of the exhibition.

One finds a wide range of options for creating bonsai as there are evergreen plants, tropical plants, flower plants, fruit trees etc turned into bonsai masterpieces in the exhibition. In addition the experts remain accessible to the public for a few tips on bonsai during the exhibition hours. A sure treat for nature and plant lovers who were restricted by paucity of space till now.