Ikebana exhibition to be held at Monalisa Kalagram on Dec 4 – 5

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The Bombay Chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana is organising a two-day Ikebana exhibition in memory of late Mona Pingale, a former Vice President of the Chapter and an Ikebana aficionado.

As a mark of tribute to Mona Pingale, as she was fondly called, Chapter members from Mumbai and Pune will display flower arrangements of Ohara Ikebana and freestyles. Members will be using some of Mona Pingale’s vases also for the exhibits, thereby making the event special and more meaningful.

Free demonstration of Ohara Ikebana in Pune

On 4 December Saturday and 5th December Sunday the Chapter will also be organising a free demonstrations of basic Ohara Ikebana styles at the Monalisa Kalagram in Koregaon Park.

Demonstration timings are as follows-

Saturday 4 December – 4pm to 5pm

Sunday 5 December -11 30am to 12 30pm & 4pm to 5pm.

Mona Pingale was a renowned Ikebana master. She was 1st master of Ohara school of Ikebana, Japan & the vice president, Bombay chapter, Ohara School of Ikebana. She started learning Ohara Ikebana from 1970. She had visited Japan thrice & had taken lessons from Takahashi Sensei & Kudo Sensei in 2005. She participated in the Masters’ seminar in 2012 & 2015 to view the Ohara Ikebana Exhibition.

Mona Pingale has taught at Indo Japanese Association and trained many students to appear for Ohara Ikebana exams. Her students have passed 1st , 2nd Masters & different levels of diplomas. – She has given lessons to hotel management students from Bharati Vidyapeeth & Food craft Institute , Pune as a part of their curriculum. She has taught Ikebana short courses to several visiting international students. She has given demonstrations & conducted workshops in various parts of India, like Delhi, Mumbai, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur. She has won many prizes in Ikebana competitions & participated in the exhibitions organized by Indo Japanese Association, Ikebana International, and the 1st prize at a National Convocation of Ikebana in Hyderabad, to name a few. She was honoured with a silver medal by the Rose Society of Pune, for her valuable contribution for promoting the art of Ikebana and for the growth & cultivation of different varieties of roses. She was associated with the Poona Women’s Council, the Rose Society, the Agri Horticultural Society of Western India, Pune & appointed as a President & advisor for different flower shows. She has been displaying her creative Ikebana arrangements in the solo & group exhibition held in the flower shows in Pune every year & has participated in the exhibitions of other states of India. She has been hugely instrumental in spreading the art of Ikebana all over Maharashtra.