Meet the Delhi man with a zeal for the art of bonsai – the New Indian Express

Express news service

An art believed to have originated in 7th century China, the cultivation of miniature plants in pots was once considered a status symbol among the elite. It was not until the 10th century, after China established diplomatic relations with Japan, that this gardening technique was introduced to the Japanese population. Now recognized as a bonsai (the Japanese term literally translates to “planted in a container”), it has traveled the world. In fact, these designs are often seen as symbols of patience, poise, and even luck for many.

Captivating art

Saumik Das, a resident of Vaishali, discovered the art of bonsai at a young age. “When I was in school, I regularly visited flower shows. The bonsai looked exactly like trees, but these were in pots. It fascinated me a lot. So I tried to learn more about the techniques and steps to create it myself, ”shares Das, who has received accolades at various flower shows.

Das with his creation of bonsai

Although her Grow Green Bonsai farm in Sector 128, Noida was established as a hobby, it has now grown into a nursery and learning center for bonsai artists. A number of Delhi-RCN bonsai enthusiasts join Das – Delhi Tourism holds an annual personal exhibition to recognize his work – here to learn the technique of plant miniaturization. The artist, ambassador of the South Asian Bonsai Federation who represents India in the art of bonsai, also runs three bonsai art courses at the Noida Horticulture Society as well as other horticulture clubs. in different cities.

A successful business

“There are different techniques for growing a bonsai. By trimming and wiring them, you can shape them into any shape you want. It is an endless art, a living beauty that grows and changes every day. It’s a slow process, but it develops patience and the end result is wonderful, ”says Das.

Through his years of understanding trees and techniques, he also introduced the art of Penjing (pot scenes and landscapes in Chinese) to India. “The weather in Delhi is not suitable for many plants. So based on that, I have to be careful with the selection of the species I work with to make sure they survive, ”Das says.

Although he’s taken some online classes (he plans to host a workshop in mid-December), Das says that in order to create bonsai, participants need to have a working knowledge of plants. Speaking of the importance of this art, he concludes, “I think everyone should embrace this practice. Bonsai is not only a beautiful setup for the home, but as a tree it also provides oxygen.

Dora W. Clawson