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Panorama of Indian Puppetry

Sampa Ghosh (Author)

Whoever, in India, has not seen Rajasthani puppeteers wearing colourful costumes who make their Kath Putlis dance and execute actions right in front of the band of fascinated children (and adults)? Indeed, Puppetry is one of the most ancient skilled art forms in this land and virtually exists in all states. The puppets are animated objects that perform like characters in theatre and often much more. Especially for children, it is willing suspension of disbelief and thereafter huge enjoyment of the antics and frolics of the puppets performing and enacting stories right before their eyes.

In fact, all puppets enact stories, even if in rudimentary forms at times. Myths and legends come alive in the stories narrated here. Animals perform likeable characters. Flowers and plants converse. Folk tales re-create their milieu. Fairies float in and out. Superstations are taken by the horns in moral tales. Toothbrushes and combs traipse through strange tricks. Ghosts just come alive and have great furi: and aliens descend to earth to share secrets with kids. And it is primarily the kids (and adults who hold their belief in kids!) who are most likely to have a rollicking time with animated puppets. This book tells that there are many more puppets than only the Rajasthani Kath Putlis and They can do myriad things that are written about in these pages. So, Go Ahead and Have fun!.

Contents: Preface. 1. What is puppet. 2. Short history of puppets. 3. Types of puppets. 4. Traditional Indian puppets. 5. Indian tribal puppets. 6. Contemporary Indian puppets. 7. Manipulation of puppets. 8. Who is a puppeteer? 9. Production of puppet play. 10. New horizons in puppetry. 11. Panorama of Indian puppetry.

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About the author

Sampa Ghosh

Sampa Ghosh joined Calcutta Puppet Theatre (CPT) under Suresh Dutta in 1980. She received scholarship for Young workers in Different Cultural fields from Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for puppetry in 1982-85 and participated in more than 2000 shows all over India and Bangladesh as a member of CPT up to 1986. She worked at SRC Puppet Repertory as its Director in 1986-87 and directed four puppet plays, which proved very popular. She participated in Indian Manifestation Festival in Sweden in 1987 as the group leader, performing 42 shows all over Sweden. She conducted many puppet workshops in India and Canada especially for children and teachers. She directed two children productions and gave a lecture demonstration on Indian puppets to international group of puppeteers under the aegis of Kala Bharati and Quebee Puppeteers Association of Canada in Montreal in 1995. As an outstanding artist, she received Senior Fellowship from Government of India in 2001-03 for creating a website portal on Indian Pupperty. Her recent monograph on Make Your Own Puppets has been highly applauded.

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Bibliographic information

Title Panorama of Indian Puppetry
Author Sampa Ghosh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.07.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788182904170
length 104p., Illustrations Black and White and Colour; 19x24cm.