I was asked by Kamini Ramachandran of Moonshadow Stories to style and design a set for ‘Shakti: Women Behaving Badly – Tales from Indian Folklore’ as she celebrates World Storytelling Day 2015. Strictly for an adult audience, the performance consisted of stories of some of Kamini’s signature tales that she has been telling since 2003.
When Kamini first approached me about styling a set for Shakti, I was very excited. Whilst the styling I typically do is more for dinners and ceremonies, I was ever ready to take on the challenge of designing a great set. My love for theatre, passion to create something new and the perfectionist in me guided me in making this set come alive.
Upon receiving the brief and understanding the theme of the stories, I came up with the idea of styling a set around a simple South Indian home with elements from each story. The ambience of the set was there to add imagery to the stories told. I was inspired by the stories and how colourful each were.
Here are some pictures of the set:
Inspired by the stories, the set was styled around a South Indian Home.
“…and she prepared the altar exactly as she instructed” (Worship of a Household God)
“…he left her to prepare the wedding feast” (Bopoluchi)
“…she helped herself to the robber’s loot” (Bopoluchi)
“…and the flames from all the lamps from all the houses would…” (A story & a song)
“…she added sugar, cardamoms, and cloves to the boiling milk” (Worship of a Household God)
A shot of Kamini and I with the whole set.
Thank you Kamini for the amazing opportunity and for believing in Never Ending Ideas. I hope to work with you again.
Thank you Verena for managing Front of House well and for helping me with all the late comers.
To everyone at the Arts House that helped me with the management and setup of this event, thank you!
To my husband, Geophin, thank you for being incredibly supportive and for getting Silverfox Photography to take the beautiful pictures of my set at the last minute. I am forever grateful.
For more pictures and vendor credits for this event, check out our gallery.