Indian Puppets

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Abhinav Publications, Jan 1, 2006 - Puppet making - 494 pages
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Puppetry Originated In India And Travelled Across The Seven Seas To The Eastern And Western World As Vouched By Many Scholars. Puppets Dated Back To A Period Well Before Bharata S Natya Shastra And Have Continued Unabated Throughout The Centuries In Almost All Indian States. Puppetry Is One Enduring Form, Which Has Entertained Masses And Educated People. The Famous Puppeteers Of Rajasthan Are Really Acrobats, Who Only Put On Puppet Shows When They Move Out Of Villages. These And A Thousand Other Scintillating Facts Come Out Of This Exciting Book For The Reader S Entertainment And Elucidation. Puppets Are By No Means For Only Children, -- As The Puppeteers Of Orissa Sing And Dance About The Romantic Love Of Radha And Krishna, And Keralan Puppets Narrate Kathakali Stories In The Same Make-Up And Costumes.The Book Aims At Giving A Connected Account Of The Indian Puppets: Their Variety, Their Multiple Functions, Their Craft, Their Animation And Their Connections With Other Related Arts In Five Separate Parts. The Book Also Contains For The First Time In Any Book On Puppetry -- Four Important Appendices: Museums In India Containing Puppets, Directory Of Indian Puppeteers, Global Bibliography On Puppets And A Relevant Glossary. The World Of Indian Puppets Is Seen In Vivid Colours With Scores Of Coloured Photographs And Many Line-Drawings And Half-Tone Pictures --- In Their Many-Sided Splendour: Variety Of The Glove, Rod, String, Shadow, And Human Puppets And A Myriad Background Stories Of The Puppet-Masters And Their Imaginative Landscape Of Free Creativity.

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It is indeed very pleasure to go through this informative book on Indian Puppetry by Sampa Ghosh and Utapal K. Banerjee. I would congratulate both of them for taking up a wonderful subject and bringing the same as book form.
I enjoyed reading in between the pages and also was struck for sometime watching pictures and thinking about the traditional puppeteers (May God give them good health) from various parts of India manipulating huge puppets. Puppets synonyms commonly know to most of the Indians is Kathputli of Rajasthan. It is not so, it is one form and other forms of puppets played from North to South and East to West varies in style, performance and appearance too.
It is a complete guide and text for all who love this art form and also like to explore, do research and study this art from in depth. It is indeed a good effort made.
This books is divided into five parts and each part gives valuable information on puppets in the from of chapterization. The first part leads with History and kinds of Indian Puppets-It gives an overview about Indian Puppets.
The second part deals with the multiple purpose of Puppetry- Uses of puppetry suiting to modern trend. Many NGOs make use of puppets for awareness campaigns. I would like to make remark that just not restricting to limited application that is commonly made by contemporary puppeteers, teachers, social workers, the authors could have also included some of the research papers and findings on application puppetry made related to social issues, socio-psychological issues in India. This would broaden the application value.
Third and fourth part talks more on puppetry as art from and also discusses various ways of doing puppets right from best out of waste to no waste in puppet making. This part gives good illustration and deal in detail on manipulation techniques, scripting, voice modulation and so on.
Fifth part says 'Beyond Puppets' gives information about puppetry links, glossary, directory of puppeteers, Bibliography and illustrations.
On the whole a good attempt made by the authors who have captured the minute decaying information on Indian Puppetry.

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