Based on a Kannada folktale translated by AK Ramanujan, “A Flowering Tree” is about Vanaja, a young woman who can magically turn into a flowering tree at will. When her talent results in an unlikely marriage to the prince, Vanaja encounters his sister Kaikeyi, who is envious of her gift.

This film uses cut out puppets manipulated by hand, to evoke the rich Indian tradition of oral storytelling. The background score is India’s national instrument, Saraswati Veena rendered by Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh from her album Mysterious Duality: Just me.

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Director Biography – Meera Krishnamurthy

Meera Krishnamurthy has a Masters degree in Digital Media Arts from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. She enjoys telling women centric stories. Her first film Tell It to the Walls screened at the CRAFT International Animation Festival in Indonesia in 2017. The Flowering Tree is her graduation film.