Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Lalbagh Flower Show - 24 Jan 12
This is one event worth attending.
One event worth braving Bangalore traffic.
One event worth enduring a crowd.
It’s amazing how creative they can be. Of course, some elements recur every year. But there is enough innovation that makes me want to go time after time. And who would tire of flowers?
The weeklong flower show happens twice every year, ending on August 15th and 26th January. It is recommended that you go in the beginning, because that’s when the flowers are most fresh. Towards the end, they are withered, ever so slightly.
For the record, this time, the ticket cost Rs 30/-
For the first time that I have seen, they had flowers on the lake at the entrance, filled into a few coracles and looked very pretty. Usually the glass house and the area around it is where the ‘show’ is.
Inside the glass house, the centre area is made into two separate portions, the first one depicting a famous sculpture like Qutub Minar made completely out of flowers and the second portion, having several arrangements based on a common theme.
This time, it was a Buddhist Stupa. Specifically, which one this is modeled after, I could not figure out.
Right behind this was an arrangement that looked like a waterfall, made of a species of lily I think. This one, according to me, was the best of them all.
The second portion was based on the theme of dance – flowers were arranged to depict different dance forms in India, each depiction using different property – the dandiya raas using the dandiya sticks, peacock feathers etc., Kathakali used painted face masks, bhangra used head gears that Punjabis wear when dancing etc. my favourite was Manipuri.
Fortunately the music being played was instrumental. Last time, there was the loud blaring film songs that not only vexed the souls of those like me but would cause the flowers too to wilt soon.
Some areas had barricades made of thin black wires and thick yellow ropes and these yellow ones were an eyesore. They should have used green or brown thin wires wherever needed.
Carnations were much used in the arrangements, perhaps since they remain fresh for long and I realized how beautiful they looked. From a distance, you would think they were roses.
I am simply happy to be living in South Bangalore. One of those things in life you should be grateful for.