A demonstration and a workshop on Penjing and Bonsai was the centre of attraction in the city on Saturday. The workshop, held at Nityotsava Convention Hall, was organised by Srushti Bonsai Study Circle and will end on Sunday.
Bonsai (a Japanese term) means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It is also called Penjing (in Chinese language) and its ultimate goal is to create a miniaturised but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree.
Inaugurating the event, Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhoota Datta Peetha said that bonsai was a rare human endeavour which reflected the cosmic creation.
“Kishkinda Moola Bonsai Garden at our ashram was started with 25 bonsais but today, it has an exquisite collection of more than 450 carefully shaped bonsais of international standards. We need to bring in an awareness among people and our children on bonsais and their importance. Workshops like these must throw light on various aspects and skills of growing bonsais,” he said.
“We are hosting a mega international bonsai event at our ashram during December this year where national and international masters would be present,” he added.
The workshop was conducted by New Delhi-based Bonsai artist Manoj Kumar who is known for his creation of Penjings that depict reverence towards nature by using advanced techniques. More than fifty participants attended the event where bonsai ceramic containers, bonsais, terrariums, figurines, manure and various other horticulture items are on display.
Bonsai artist Manoj Kumar, Anitha Suresh, Uma Mahesh, Prithvi Sudhindra and others were present.