Karuna stories

Indian creatives launch “Karuna Stories”, an illustrated competition of stories, reflections and inspirations for navigating a changing world

Indian creatives launch "Karuna Stories", an illustrated competition of stories, reflections and inspirations for navigating a changing world
Karuna stories

On 1st June 2020, the Olive Ridley Collective is launching a storytelling initiative, Karuna Stories: Power of Gentleness and Grace, to spread the message of compassion, solidarity and care.

Dr. Susmita Mohanty, spaceship designer and climate ambassador who conceived of the Collective and brought together the creative turtles for launching the Karuna Stories contest, says “The contest is a creative response to a perceived need for positive, compassionate messaging to ease psycho-socialspatial stresses and provide a humane countermeasure to discrimination, stigmatization, ostracization due to the pandemic.”

“The collaboration to create the Karuna Stories initiative has been spontaneous and generous, enabled by nothing more than our digital connections and common purpose,” says Ruchita Madhok, Director, Kahani and founding member the collective. “It has been a truly affirmative experience to join hands with such esteemed patrons, jury and partners to bring this project to life.”

Further information on Karuna Stories:

Olive Ridley Collective:
The Collective was born out of a spontaneous convergence of creative minds during the Covid-19 lockdown with the hope of architecting a positive ‘new normal’ as we swim along towards our shared futures. After this debut endeavor, they plan to nest every year on an imaginary beach to design responses to contemporary issues.

Collective Members:
Studio Carbon
MAD Salon + Lab
shubhra raje_built environments

Supported by:
Association of Designers of India (ADI)
National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad


Dr. Susmita Mohanty
Founder, Olive Ridley Collective
Curator, MAD Salon + Lab
[email protected] ; +91 8105600355

Shubhra Raje
Founding Member, Olive Ridley Collective
Director, shubhra raje_built environments
[email protected] ; +91 9099013352

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