Stagecraft

1. titleThis project was an assignment for stagecraft. The design was made for the epic Mahabharata. The stage dimensions are of the Prithvi Theatre.

 

The Storyline: This drama unfolds the political, social and economic state in the Mahabharata. The drama is cenetered around the game of dice played between the panadawas and kauravas. During the course of the game the pandawas bet everything they possessed, including their kingdom and Draupadi. The betrayal and cunning of the kauravas which brought about the downfall of the pandawas was masterminded by Uncle Sakuni. The drama climaxes with epic battle between the brothers.

The Stage: The HANGING PLATFORM symbolizes the UNCERTAINTY and TENSION. On this platform the game of dice is performed. The impact of this game is depicted on the main stage, which is the tension between all section of the society. The stage is modeled on the basis of the Prithvi Theatre.

The Elements of Design: The hanging platform occupies the major portion of the back ground. Hanging with the support of strings from two poles. The backdrop is white, where projection can take place. The other portion of the background comprises of a wall, depicting a portion of the palace with an arch. Another raised platform is attached with this wall. A golden throne is placed on slightly raised level, on the center of the stage. A mesh like structure is placed in the background, which may be used as trees, fire etc during the course of play, with the help of projection.

The Colour Scheme: The elements on stage are all in softer shades and mostly white. White is the dominant colour here, which will act as screen to projections. The softer shades are chosen to give an overall monolithic effect. The overall colour composition is so selected, such that it gives a modern and elegant look.

The intention of this design is to create an art of installation.

The Material: The basic material is plywood, pvc, other wood, metal, paint, digital prints, colour light and projection light.

Here are some photographs of the table top model.

2. the set

3. lighting variation

4. lighting variation

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8. lighting variation

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