Welcome to the Red Curtain Project, a new initiative from Thresh dedicated to sharing stories, ancient and modern, from the Indian subcontinent. We believe that in challenging times stories offer timeless wisdom to bring us together and build empathy.

Every other week, we will publish a new story with guest collaborators. In sharing these stories with you, our hope is that you will be inspired to create, perform and even share your own stories with others around you.

(Why "Red Curtain"? Click here)

Current series: SACRED RIVERS

This week we begin a new series of three stories about Rivers—the life source for all living beings. Combining our knowledge of their mythical origins with present day realities is an important step in future conservation towards a more positive and sustainable society.

 

We have chosen three rivers for our series that represent the Northern, Central and Southern landscape of modern India. Our first story (which you can find below) was about the mighty river Ganges ("Ganga") flowing from the Himalayas into the Bay of Bengal.

Our second story is about another of India's sacred rivers, the Narmada which flows into the Arabian sea from its source in the centre of India.

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THE STORY OF NARMADA

We enter the ancient world of Central India to discover the origins of one of its most revered rivers, the Narmada. According to legend, Narmada was created by the sweat of Shiva's deep meditation to end a long drought and famine.

This performance is based on Read and Colour River Stories, The Story of Narmada by Priya Krishnan, illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy, and published by Tulika. It has been adapted with original music and illustration for The Red Curtain Project.

Other stories in this series

The Story of Ganga

We enter a world of ancient Hindu mythology: the origins of the mighty river Ganga, brought down from the heavens by the great sage Bhagiratha to cleanse the sins of his ancestors with her pure waters.

The Story of Kaveri

Said to be the "Ganga of the South", the Kaveri river flows across two states to reach the eastern coast of Southern India. All because of a spilled pot belonging to the sage Agasthya...

 

THE RED CURTAIN CHALLENGE:

YOUR DRAWINGS!

Here are some lovely drawings from young (and older!) 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. A selection of our favourites is below—use the arrows to click / swipe left and right on the slideshow. Or you can see all the fantastic artwork on this page.

 

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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We would love to hear from you. Please let us know what works best for you and what you feel could be improved.

Our stories take a lot of work with many creators behind the scenes. If you like our stories please do consider supporting The Red Curtain Project, and help us keep publishing new stories and performances.

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