In commemoration of the 10th edition of ARTWALK, storyteller Kamini Ramachandran will revive some of the artworks that no longer exist on the walls of Little India. Some have been painted over and erased, others have become a canvas for newer artworks, and Kamini’s walk will incorporate a selection of current murals as well as some that have vanished. If these Walls Could Speak pays homage to the artworks that used to be a part of the place, just like some of the long-forgotten histories of the place. The walking experience is suitable for newcomers and visitors who wish to learn more about Little India and the Indian community in Singapore through the symbolism and metaphors contained in the selected murals. References will be made to the harvest festival of Pongal as well as Thaipusam since these significant celebrations fall during the ARTWALK period.
If These Walls Could Speak
Kamini M. Ramachandran is a pioneer in the field of oral storytelling in Asia. Known for her site-specific storytelling experiences, she has produced story tours and immersive storytelling experiences. Her Singapore International Festival of the Arts commission saw her activate the Armenian Church heritage monument with indoor and outdoor storytelling. Kamini produced In Search of the Gelam Tree combining walking tours, visits to heritage spaces, and stories that culminated with a traditional meal. She has also designed in-gallery and object-based storytelling programmes for museums and galleries. This will be the tenth year she has featured in ARTWALK.
A respected teaching artist, Kamini has developed storytelling courses for the National Heritage Board’s museum-based learning for docents, and has conducted workshops for Singapore Tourism Board’s Passion Made Possible ambassador guides. She founded The Storytelling Centre Limited to advance the art of storytelling through the Young Storytellers Mentorship Programme. Kamini is also creative producer of StoryFest Singapore.