Mrs. Prajakta Kale’s journey of becoming the renowned international Bonsai artist is an emblem of her dedication. Born in 1962 at Pune, Mrs. Kale since her childhood was fascinated with the art of gardening. While growing up, along with excelling in her formal education, she achieved mastery in gardening.
In 1984, she participated in the first Bonsai Workshop in Pune and since then she has never looked back. Curiosity is one of her great qualities, she decided to explore the style and craft of Bonsai. She also immersed herself in learning about the history and origins of this unique art. Bonsai Art is an ancient India art known as Vaman Vriksha Kala. In ancient times, many monks traveled to other regions and spread this art of creating miniature trees. Hence, it became a prominent art in many other countries while it was lost in India. Bringing it back to India and giving it the glory, it once had, became her real objective.
She started working on cultivating Bonsai trees in her own home. Soon she began seeking out other workshops and enthusiasts from whom she could further her education and learn advanced techniques. She traveled to many countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam to observe how these countries and people share a unique relationship with the Bonsai art.
In her travels, she realized that there is a huge demand of Bonsai Plants in Europe. China exports over 1 lakh plants to Europe every month. She learned that this continent has only 1500 species of Bonsai while India has over 15000 species. Realising the potential that India has in this field, she decided to make most of her knowledge to generate skilled employment in India.
Here she also learned various styles of Bonsai art such as traditional Japanese, artistic Bujin, Sohin, landscapes, raft style etc. To further her improvement as a Bonsai artist, she started learning the craft from various Bonsai Masters. These experiences and styles have deeply influenced her own work.
Mrs. Kale has been working on her own and with various international masters since last 35 years. In this journey, she has over 3000 Bonsai trees in over 150 species from India and Oriental countries. Her first bonsai was a banyan tree (Ficus Religiosa), which she had acquired. Her collections include varieties from the orient, which have been adapted to Indian climatic conditions. Since then her possessions include various ficus varieties, Tamarindus Indica, Casuarina, Juniperus Prostata, Juniperus Chinensis var. Sargentii, Phyllanthus, Braya, Wrightia Religiosa, Ulmus Parviflora, Desmodium, Murraya Exotica etc. Though passionate about all her Bonsais, she has a special love towards Phyllanthus and Juniper Bonsai.