The Bonsai Exhibition conducted in association with the Onam celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram was a grand affair and Nikki Bonsai’s presence and participation was as always noteworthy.
The Honorable Governor of Kerala Justice Sadasivam inaugurated the event on the evening of Sept 26, 2015. The exhibition also featured a rich collection of bonsais from several members of the Kerala Bonsai Association of which D Ravindran is the president. Other dignitaries at the event were Shri K Muralidharan, MLA and DGP TP Senkumar.
The inauguration ceremony was well attended by bonsai enthusiasts including the Secretary of the Kerala Bonsai Association Smt. Jaya Nair – who is also the Undersecretary to the Honorable Governor – and Shri Joshi P Mathew, Treasurer of the Kerala Bonsai Association.
Nikki Bonsai is also proud to say that India’s top names in Bonsai, the Parekhs, Nikunj and Jyothi visited the exhibition in Trivandrum. Shri.Nikunj Parekh is the President of the Indo Japanese Association. Earlier in the week, they had paid a visit to Nikki Bonsai Garden at Padmanabhapuram.
This year’s Bonsai exhibition was unique in the sense that it was not just a random arrangement of stunning bonsai trees, but rather an arrangement with a central theme that called attention to one of the critical issues today – that of deforestation. The exhibit highlighted the perils of deforestation and focused on reforestation. In accordance, the bonsai trees were all placed atop dead wood or cut tree stumps and logs, signifying a rebirth or reawakening.
Another section of the exhibit paid homage to two distinct and beautiful arts. It was a harmonious fusion of the arts of bonsai and driftwood, with some spectacular displays, the main attraction being a piece of wood uncannily resembling a gnarled old man, very like a grand old man of the forest, or Dr.Seuss’ Lorax, spoke for the trees. This ‘statue’ was fashioned out of two pieces of wood that perfectly came together to form the bust of the old man.