Love of flower is as old as human civilization. People are gathering and preserving flower from time immemorial. It is the beauty, color, scent and from of the flower that made it so precious. People used to keep flower in their home, office and public places. The beauty of flower partly depends on its arrangement. One of the Japanese ways of arranging fresh flower is IKEBANA.
In IKEBANA, flowers are arranged neatly and symbolically. Japanese believe in the harmony of nature and art. In IKEBANA one net only arrange flowers, but bring harmony between leaves, stem and even the vase. It is the elegance of composition using minimum flowers, leaves etc. that made IKEBANA a fascinating art. The history of IKEBANA is age old in Japan. The style and sophistication of IKEBANA has attracted people all over the world. But to become a master of IKEBANA, one needs training and practice. Thus, one may acquire tricks and tips of arranging flower in different ways that would enhance the beauty of place and peace in mind.
Dry Flower Making is also a modern art which is also quite popular in Japan and other countries including Bangladesh. The splendid merit of Dry Flower is that it lasts for a very long time. It can also be used together with fresh flowers and leaves for IKEBANA. On top of that Dry Flower has a good commercial value and one can become an entrepreneur through Dry Flower Making.
A. Brief History of JUAAB –BIA Ikebana School
JUAAB, an association of Bangladeshi nationals who earned their degrees in Japan, is introducing artistry of IKEBANA in Bangladesh. In the year 2001, JUAAB started Ikebana classes at its rented space in Panthapath at the initiative of a Founder Member Prof. Dr. AKM Moazzem Hussain (who had started Ikebana in Bangladesh at the Embassy of Japan in 1974) and with the help of Prof. Monowara Islam, a noted Ikebana Teacher holding certificates from both Bangladesh and Japan. After a few years, the Ikebana classes were discontinued when the JUAAB Office was shifted to a residential flat in the Dhanmondi area which was not a convenient place for class activities. After a gap of about two years, the Ikebana classes of JUAAB were re-started at the newly rented office space at Indira Road of the Farmgate area in collaboration with “ABKD Ikebana School” which had lost financial support from the Embassy of Japan after a very long period of time since 1974. Mrs. Shamsun Nahar Hossain, Principal of BKD Ikebana School, became the main teacher of JUAAB’s Ikebana School.
With kind support of the Embassy of Japan and JUAAB, a new umbrella organization in the name of “Bangladesh Ikebana Association (BIA)” was formally established in 2009 having its office within the premises of JUAAB and then “JUAAB-BIA Ikebana School” was also formally established. Since then, the School continued nicely with the help of the Ikebana Experts of BIA offering Preliminary Course (3 months) and advanced Course (3 months) of primarily the “Ohara Style” and some time on “Ikenobo Style”. The school also holds Ikebana Display and Demonstration from time to time for JUAAB members as well as the general Public.
Now, BIA has its own office at Karim Tower in West Panthapath and running a few schools including the “JUAAB-BIA Ikebana School” which is presently located at the newly purchased 4000 SFT commercial space of JUAAB at Indira Road and managed by the Course Coordinator (since 2001) Prof. Dr. AKM Moazzem Hussain in cooperation with the BIA President Mrs. Shahinoor Baby, BIA Vice President Dr. Farhana Rahman and the JUAAB Executive Committee presently headed by its President Prof. Dr. M.A.M. Yahia Khandoker.
B. Ongoing JUAAB-BIA Ikebana Courses:
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||Ikeban and Dry Flower Making Course
C. Photographs of the JUAAB-BIA Ikebana Teachers