SAPTAN STORIES

Saptan Stories was a creative collaboration between Oscar-winning studio Aardman & British Council as a part of UK/India 2017; a year-long celebration of modern-day India and its 70 year relationship with the UK. The project aimed to inspire creative writing, thinking and participation with a giant game of consequences played out over all of India. 

It brought together 7 artists from India and UK who interpreted Saptan Stories in their own varied styles- Gavin Strange, Gemma Correll, Janine Shroff, Mr Mead, Priyesh Trivedi, and Saloni Sinha and our very own Das Naiz.

 
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WEEK ONE

"I found it hard to get over my broken heart, I thought I never would. Then one night, by the moonlit river, something happened that changed everything."
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WEEK TWO

"As the moonbeams danced to a heavenly beat upon the silvery water, I gazed to the stars and contemplated my future. It looked bleak on introspection, when out of the water arose an apparition."
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WEEK THREE

It was a woman, as translucent as fog and as ethereal as a dream. She smiled at me and whispered in a voice as soft as a dewdrop "Love once lost can be regained, but are you willing to pay the price?"
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WEEK FOUR

Before I could utter an answer, my heart made the choice. How she heard its silent cry, I do not know. The lake opened and a chasm appeared. I was sucked into a whirlpool of water, light and chaos.
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WEEK FIVE

I was falling through what seemed like a long tunnel, blinded by lights. I somehow landed on my two feet and found myself in a large hall. Walls covered in photographs. Photographs of my entire life.
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WEEK SIX

"These are your memories" whispered the apparition, now a shimmering silhouette "for your love to renew, you must begin anew. If you don't wish your heart to rust, you must choose to forget the past!"
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WEEK SEVEN

They say love is ephemeral but isn't that true of life too? As my iridescent body emerged from the shadows, I felt reborn. Suddenly I loved every inch of myself, and isn't that the greatest love of all?