STORY LIBRARY

Since launching The Red Curtain Project in April 2020, we're busy publishing an ever-expanding number of stories. Stories are presented in groups of three (we call this a "series"), with each series covering a specific theme.

 

We really hope you enjoy our stories and keep checking back for more: we publish a new one every two weeks, on Wednesdays.

Series 1: Clever Animals

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)

Series 2: The Wisdom of Children

Our second series around a very important theme: the wisdom of children. Each story in the series shows the intelligence and compassion of children making life choices in unusual circumstances. The children concerned range from Ganesha (the elephant-headed son of Shiva) to a young boy celebrating Eid, where muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan. 

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)

Series 3: Sacred Rivers

Our third series is 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 is about the mighty river Ganges ("Ganga") flowing from the Himalayas into the Bay of Bengal.

The other two stories will join this collection: the story of the Narmada which flows into the Arabian sea from its source in the centre of India, and the Kaveri (sometimes called "The Ganges of the South").

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 Jerome Korman (New York, USA)

  • Illustrator Biswajit Balasubramanian (Chennai, India) 

Series 4: Girls' Empowerment

Our current series is about the empowerment and development of strong young women. In each of these stories we look at a key opportunity offered to a young woman that will help her build self worth, courage and leadership skills to become a role model for others to follow. 

The importance of role models is spotlighted in these stories where the young girls are inspired to lead with confidence. Even in today's world, there are many communities 

around the world where education and rights for women are almost non-existent. Our hope is that with these stories, we can create more awareness of the positive communities being built by having women as part of the decision-making process. 

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 Kamala Sankaram (New York, USA)

  • Illustrator Shreya Mehta (Brussels, Belgium & New York, USA) 

SPECIAL GUEST SERIES

The Red Curtain Project is delighted to launch a "Special Guest Series", inviting celebrated artists to collaborate in our storytelling.

 

This week, our special guest storyteller is none other than the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma—truly one of America's most treasured cultural figures. It's been a delight and a privilege to work with him.

The illustration for this story is provided by Alaina Buffalo Spirit, from the So'taa'ee band of the Northern Cheyenne Nation.

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