Ho-Kiku A. Vineetha Sunil Kumar - President of Hyderabad chapter 250


President's Message:

Dear Floral Friends,

Namaskaram.

It's a deep honour and a moment of pride to don the mantle as the President of this prestigious Ikebana International Hyderabad Chapter. Since its early conception in 1996 and the final reception of the Charter in 1999, I have been closely associated with the Chapter which started with 10 members. Today, we have blossomed to 62 members. A deep sense of loss prevails as I miss both my Guru, Late Horyu Meena Ananth Narayan, who was our Charter President and Past President Late Remani Nambiar, whose undaunted dedication and commitment helped in the Chapter formation.

I welcome my new committee and thank them as they chose to be a part of my team. My committee and myself decided to deliver an eventful Calander year marked with memorable floral moments. Our Chapter would be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017 speaking only the language of flowers by holding an exhibition, conducting demonstrations and workshops. I request all the passionate ikebana enthusiasts to embark upon this floral journey and be a part of it. Some of the interesting programmes lined up for this year are terrarium creation, cultivation of orchids, Floral Synergy- our Annual exhibition, ikebana in glass, candle arrangements, etc. to name a few.

We understand the essence of the underlying Zen philosophy of the ikebana art and follow it as our way of life. Let's all be blessed with more fun filled floral times ahead.

FRIENDSHIP THROUGH FLOWERS
Ho-Kiku A. Vineetha Sunil Kumar

About Ikebana



Ikebana is a traditional art form of Japan which involves the creative arrangement of flowers, branches and leaves in various combinations.The arrangements conform to certain rules and are asymmetrically shaped closely resembling nature. They are graceful and rhythmic with beautiful lines. Ikebana came into origin with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan more than 600 years ago. The art form evolved from mere offerings of flowers to Buddha in temples at the altar, to many styles and schools. Each school has its own specific theories and principles. Over a period of time the art form gradually lost its religious significance. However, strict conformationto the ancient rules and forms is still observed today whilecreating a traditional Ikebana arrangement. Ikebana, considered as a pastime for the toughest of the Samurai warriors, helps one to appreciate nature, its rhythm and order.Practicing Ikebana helps one to create a bond with natural surroundings, become patient, quiet and tolerant and inspires to appreciate all other art forms.

Ikebana International was founded in the year 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen as a non-profit cultural organization. It promotes friendship through flowers among different cultures, love for nature and appreciation of Ikebana.It today attracts a lot many men and women across the world to this art and to its different schools of flower arrangement sharing their histories, philosophies, techniques and styles.

Ikebana International has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and every five years an International Conference is held for its members all over the world.
The emblem of the organization is the Japanese Cherry blossom.

About Ikebana International, Hyderabad Charter # 250

Ikebana International Hyderabad Chapter was founded in 1997 by Grandmaster Horyu Meena Ananthnarayan and was chattered in 1999 with 55 members. The membership now stands at 66. Members meet every month over interesting workshops, exhibitions, Japanese culture programmes and Indo Japanese fusion events and more.The members work hard at promoting Ikebana, spreading the awareness of nature and environmental issues.

Some of the Ikebana Schools

Ohara

Ohara school emphasizes on changing seasons and nature. Pleasing combinations of the elements of an arrangement like the setting, container and the flower material used is of great importance.

Sogetsu

This school believes that anyone can arrange Ikebana anywhere with almost anything and encourages individual imagination. The philosophy of Sogetsu is that the art form should be enjoyed and appreciated by people world over rather than being restricted to an aspect of Japanese culture only.

Ikenobo

Steeped in Japanese history and philosophical views of harmonious co-existence of plants and nature, this school expresses peace through flower arrangements. Traditionally know for its strong training in techniques of various styles, it is also known as the ‘Origin of Ikebana’.

Ichiyo

Ichiyo school represents a more relaxed and individualistic form of flower arrangement suitable for display in homes. Ichiyo art form respects the artistic sense of the individual arranging flowers and provides extensive training on techniques bringing out the creative talent.

Chiko

Chiko is popular for using accessories like decorative objects, ornaments, dolls in addition to the flower material combined together to create a beauty using few flowers and material.

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About Hyderabad

Established on the banks of river Musi on the tip of the Deccan Plateau by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in the year 1591 AD, Hyderabad is known by the sobriquet ‘City of Pearls’.

Hyderabad has a distinctive culture which is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim traditions and its cuisine dates back to 400 years of the Nizam’s era which is highly influenced by the Mughals. Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem, Nahari, Paya, Qubani ka meetha, double ka meetha and kaddu ka kheer are the not-to-be-missed delicacies.

Hyderabad is home to many historical sites, including the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of Chowmahalla Palace. The most recognized structures of India, the Charminar, is in Hyderabad. Built to commemorate the elimination of a plague by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty in 1591 AD, Charminar is a beautiful and impressive square monument.

 

The Charminar along with Budha statue on tankbund

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