Traditional Indian Puppetry

The early puppet shows in India mostly dealt with histories of great Kings, Princes and heroes and also political satire in rural areas. Religious portrayals in puppetry developed in South India with shadow puppets performing stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Even today, especially in Kerala, shadow puppet is a temple ritual performed every year during a temple festival for a specified duration. With the progress and development of civilization, the mysticism connected with traditional puppetry slowly started to fade which was replaced with an element of entertainment. Slowly, this art form emerged from the precincts of the temple and villages to reach out to the outside world performing on various social and contemporary themes in Indian towns and cities.

Art of  Puppetry

Puppetry is one of the most ancient forms of entertainment in the world.  Besides providing entertainment, this visual art form is also used for conveying meaningful messages.  Over the years, Puppetry has developed into a powerful media of communication. Puppetry offers a real challenge to the imagination and creative ability of the individual and of all art mediums, it is probably the least restricted in its form, design, colour and movement and the least expensive of all animated visual art forms.

R. Bhanumathi