National puppet festival -Putul Yatra
A form of entertainment since ancient times, the art of puppetry was losing out to modern day lifestyle. Had it not been for the lone rangers in the field, the one man shows and the handful of families of traditional puppeteers who clung on to their art fiercely, the form would have gone into complete oblivion. Thanks to these few men and women, who barely manage to eke out a living from their art, puppetry lives on.
Thanks also to the new converts, who have taken up the art and injected contemporaneity. Their puppets continue to regale audiences, narrating old and now, new stories. Putul Yatra-Kerala, a festival of Indian puppetry, organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Kerala Fine Arts Society, presents the ancient art in its various facets.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, and the Kerala Fine Arts Society will organise ‘Putul Yatra’, a festival of Indian puppetry, from January 9 to 12. The festival showcases India’s puppetry traditions from the string puppet theatre of Kerala, Assam and Maharashtra, the contemporary puppet theatre of West Bengal, Tripura and Gujarat, the shadow puppet theatre of Karnataka and Kerala, the string and rod puppet theatre of Tamil Nadu, the glove puppet theatre of Kerala and the traditional puppet theatre of Rajasthan.
Indian puppetry has often entertained the spectator with its many forms- string puppetry, rod puppetry, shadow puppetry and glove puppetry. To give the people a taste of the traditional forms of entertainment that still exist, the Sangeet Natak Academi, New Delhi along with Kerala Fine Arts Society, Ernakulam is conducting a national-level puppetry festival till January 12. Titled ‘Putal Yatra’, the programme is a visual treat where traditional puppet theatre troupes from Kerala, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat and Maharashtra are participating.