THE RED CURTAIN PROJECT

Welcome to the Red Curtain Project, a new initiative from Thresh dedicated to sharing stories, ancient and modern, from the Indian subcontinent.

 

(Why "Red Curtain"? Click here)

 

Each week, we will publish a new story. In sharing these stories with you, our hope is that you will be inspired to tell and perform your own stories. In challenging times stories can bring us together and build empathy—as they always have, since the beginning of time. 

 

Preeti Vasudevan (Artistic Director, Thresh) performs the stories using "abhinaya"—the term in Indian traditional dance for "expression." She does this by using special facial movements and hand gestures (called "mudras") to create the mood of the story.

Thresh and the Red Curtain Project is proud to partner with Tulika, an independent, multilingual publisher of children's books that pioneered a fresh wave in Indian publishing when it was founded in 1996 (winner of the 2019 London Book Fair Award for Excellence in Literary Translation Initiative). 

WISDOM OF CHILDREN: "Eidgah"

 

"Eidgah" is the final story in our series based around a very important theme: the wisdom of children. The text is by Nikhil Sethi (aged 11). Nikhil has re-interpreted a well-known short story by a famous Indian writer named Munshi Premchand (written in 1938).

 

The story is based around the festival of Eid, celebrated by Muslims worldwide at the conclusion of Ramadan (month of fasting).

For this series we've been delighted to join forces with two wonderful artists who also take the time to share "behind the scenes" insights into their creative process:

  • Composer Ben Foskett (Paris, France)

  • Illustrator Tom Lynch (New York, USA)

 

Please enjoy this story and please scroll down the page to check out our previous stories as well.

EIDGAH

This charming story shows generosity and empathy of an orphan, Hamid, towards his grandmother.

The setting is the Fesitval of Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting central to the Islamic calendar. 

Eidgah is a partnership with The Culture Tree, a leading New York-based organization that promotes cultural literacy about South Asia through language, educational & cultural programs. 

For more information on The Culture Tree's exciting range of programs, please visit www.theculturetree.com

Other stories in this series

THE GOLDEN MANGO

A well-loved tale from the ancient myths of Hinduism shows the great wisdom of the young Ganesha, as he competes with his brother Murugan in a race around the Universe!

MUNNA & THE MAHARAHA

Munna believes an old man in dusty clothes at his uncle's tea shop is the Maharaja. But his uncle simply doesn't—and laughs at him. But who is right?

STORY LIBRARY

Our first series of stories comprised three well-known stories that derive originally from India's Buddhist tradition, called the JATAKA TALES. Each of the stories shows clever animals outwitting their human enemies!

 

These stories were developed in collaboration with two wonderful artists who share their process

  • Composer Mal Stein (New York, USA)

  • Illustrator Bhumenjoy Konsam (Imphal, Manipur, India)

Select a story below.

THE CLEVER ANTELOPE

A lovely story about how a quick-witted antelope outsmarts a foolish hunter who chases him into the forest.

THE HARE IN THE MOON

A noble hare impresses Indra, King of Gods, with his selfless generosity. He's rewarded with a remarkable token of gratitude, visible to all the people of the Earth.

THREE FRIENDS

An antelope is chased and captured by a determined hunter. But the hunter did not bargain for the quick wits of his friends the woodpecker and the tortoise!

 

The RED CURTAIN Challenge - your drawings!

Here are some lovely drawings from young creatives from around the world who took the "Red Curtain Challenge"—to send us a drawing or a painting inspired by one of the stories.

 

Would you like to be one of our fabulous creatives? Inspire us with your work and send it to info@threshdance.org.

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Talk to us!

After you've experienced the stories, we would love to hear from you. Please let us know what worked best for you and what you feel could be improved.

 

Remember, it takes a village...

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