Peace is the message - 400,000 flowers the medium

January 19th, 2012 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Jan 19 (IANS) A 30-ft Buddhist stupa made of 400,000 flowers, including 150,000 roses, to convey the message of peace will be the star attraction at the Bangalore flower show beginning Friday as part of Republic Day celebrations.

In front of the floral 34-ft radius stupa built at the Glass House in the famed Lalbagh will stand a statue of Buddha decorated with 75,000 roses and other flowers.

The annual show is held for 10 days, starting six days ahead of the R-Day Jan 26, at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden spread over 240 acres in the city centre.

For the first time, a group of florists from the Netherlands will showcase arrangement of flowers from their country at the Glass House, according to P. Hemalatha, director of horticulture department that manages the Lalbagh.

A team from Udhagamandalam (formerly Ooty) in neighbouring Tamil Nadu has created a floral replica of a waterfall where thousands of flowers appear to fall from a height of 10 ft.

Other attractions at the show will be floral arrangements with Dances of India as the theme displaying Yakshagana, Dandiya, Bharatanatya, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and many folk dance forms.

Over 10 million are expected to visit the show that ends Jan 29, Hemalatha told reporters Wednesday.

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