Just when you are thinking of the word as the next delicacy in Chinese cuisine,
someone tells you that you don't get to eat this. Thoroughly confused, you are
determined more than ever not only to learn about the art, but learn the art itself.
Easier said than done. Try finding ten people in the city who can pronounce the
word properly, let alone teach the art, and you'll know what we mean.
But looks like the prayers are being answered. Ikebana, for those like us, is a Japanese art of flower arrangement. Once this was famous only in Japan and China. Of late, though, Bonsai and Ikebana have become famous in India due to the interest in people towards this art, and due to the Department of Horticulture's efforts.
The Department of Horticulture has, since August 1997, been conducting training courses every month in Hyderabad. And this is a four-day training course in which home gardening, indoor gardening, Bonsai, flower arrangement and Ikebana will be taught. The faculty are from Hotel Management and from the Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture.
Even though it is a brief course, it teaches in detail the art of flower arrangement (bouquets) and has a class on the traditional approach, with practicals as per the course curriculum. Apart from these, the processing and preservation of fruits and vegetables along with vegetable carving (animal carving & structure carving) are also taught.
The highlight of the program will be the training on the preparation of jam, jelly, squash, crush, marmalade and nectar.
Please contact Akurati Satyanarayana, Joint Secretary, at 329-9779 for further