News By/Courtesy: Ragini M | 27 Jul 2020 13:21pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The puppetry was one of the most prominent divisions of theater and a source of entertainment in India since ancient times. It is one of the less expensive sources of entertainment.
  • As the television shows and modern cinemas and other entertainment are attracting the audiences. this show in India is drastically falling down and already sink to an extent.
  • The presentation of the puppet shows involves the creative efforts of many people working together. Today the number of shows that are found is quite less as compared to the olden era.

Puppetry as entertainment! 


The puppetry was one of the most prominent divisions of theater and a source of entertainment in India since ancient times. It is one of the less expensive sources of entertainment. Puppetry is an ancient art that has originated about 3000 years ago. It was the most popular form of entertainment for the villagers in India. this traditional art form is extremely popular in rural India. puppetry in India has its uniqueness and identity depending on its region of origin.


As the television shows and modern cinemas and other entertainment are attracting the audiences. this show in India is drastically falling down and already sink to an extent.
Puppetry uses all creative expressions like music, literature, art, painting, sculptures, and so on. These are the expression of traditional culture and also are a form of comical satires on conventional society.


There are four types of puppets


>> Glove puppets: Glove puppets are something that is worn on hands just like a glove the tumb and the middle finger acts as the hands of the puppet and the index finger as the head. These are also known as hand puppets. One puppeteer can perform with two puppets at the same time. In Kerala, the glove puppet is called Pava- Kathakali. The theme they play is based on the episodes of the Ramayan or Mahabharata.
In Orissa, the glove puppets are called as Kundhei nach. That is made of three wood pieces consisting of the head and two hands with holes for inserting a finger.

>> Rod puppets: rod puppets are those that are manipulated by rods of various sizes and types. These puppets will have three joints. The head is supported by the main rod, it is joined to the neck and both the hands attached to the rods that are joined at the shoulders. Indian states that are known for these arts. West Bengal and Orissa they play these based on Satee Behula, Ramayan are enacted through these puppets.

>> Shadow puppets: shadow puppets are the flat puppets that are operated against the rear of a tightly stretched white cloth screen. They are cut out of leather. Shadow puppets are pressed against the screen with a strong source of light behind it. This manipulation between the light and the screen with a strong source makes colorful shadows for the viewers who are in front of the screen.
This shadow puppet show is practiced in many states such as Karnataka Togalu Gombeyata, Andhra Pradesh Tholu Bommalata, Maharashtra Chamadyache Bahulya, Kerala Topavakoothu.

>> String puppets: India has a rich and ancient string puppet. These are made of woods, wires, or cloth stuffed with cotton rags, sawdust, and so on. The strings are attached to the different parts of the body to control them.

The presentation of the puppet shows involves the creative efforts of many people working together. Today the number of shows that are found is quite less as compared to the olden era. As there the puppet show is not encouraged many of the puppeteers are taking to other professions. This shows should be encouraged as this the rear talent.

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. this article is based purely on the author's personal views and opinions in the exercise of the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and other related laws being a force in India, for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 27 Jul 2020 19:46pm IST


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