Saptan Stories

Saptan Stories is a 7 week long collaborative arts event; a mass game of consequences written and voted on by all of India.

A unique Indian story, Told 7 ways, by 7 artists, and YOU.

Saptan Stories is a creative collaboration between 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 aim was to inspire creative writing, thinking and participation with a giant game of consequences played out over all of India.

Ink & watercolour felt-pen on paper


“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.”

– Aardman Animations

“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”

– Siddhant Nagrath

“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?”

– Ayan Pal

“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.”

– Caroline Fiona Stedman

“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.”

– Zachary Borthwick

“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!”

– Ayan Pal

“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?”

– Jasmine Kaur

See the other artist’s interpretations here >>

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Published by Janine Shroff

Designer & Illustrator based in London. I specialise in UI/UX, branding, hand-drawn illustration & painting.