The Awakening

There is warmth even in the coldest of hearts- one just has to walk in with a candle. The Awakening is a photo story that plays around many diverse emotions, reflecting this very moral. It portrays a mother’s fear of losing her unborn. It highlights the ugliness of humans and how it can be defeated. It is a story of oppression and the overcoming of it. Of becoming and of coming undone. Of finding the right path and choosing it over and over again. Of awakening the good in you while the devil sits on your shoulders broadcasting vices.

Darpad, Kavi, Hari, and Kanja are four young men who believe their hometown to be under their feet. They play around with it the way they like. No one is strong enough to question their actions, wise enough to tell them otherwise, or brave enough to go against them. Until a little girl called Krishna comes in the picture. The photo narrative begins with a riveting photograph, giving a direct peek into what is to come. The stunning performance of each and every character tickles the viewer’s heart. Excelled with a strong narration, the story invites the reader to see, to ponder, and to live it. Revolving around two hero characters who happen to be women, it implicitly talks about the power women hold inside them. It explores the rage of women against injustice and abuse. It taunts the society for its despicable conduct. It stresses the importance of action over silence. And amidst everything, it instills a hope in the audience. A hope that things can change for good. That evil has its limitations. That victory of good over bad can be a real thing. Talked about on various media platforms, The Awakening brings with it an air of trauma, rage, sympathy, and revelation. Explore the fictitious town of Ambavati as the sun rises over it, late but at last.

All the characters and incidents in this photo-narrative are imaginary, resemblance to any person dead or alive is purely coincidental. Neither the producer nor the director nor the artists, intend to outrage, insult, wound or hurt any sentiments, beliefs or feelings of any person(s) or class or community.

Produced, Directed and Photographed by Arjun Kamath

Assistant Director/Production Design - Nishitha Karumbaiah

Make-up and Hair - Zeba Sheriff, Tanya Valsaraj

Designing and Styling - Nandhitha Ramesh

Jewelery for DURGA - Sindhu Rai

Jewelery for goddess KALI - MS PINK PANTHER

Rings worn by goddess KALI - Sindhu Rai

Photography/Processing - Arjun Kamath

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