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Dhaatu International Puppet Festival

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BENGALURU: ‘Dhaatu’ Puppet Theatre started with a conference on rice-belt art forms of India inaugurated by Chief Guest, Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore, on Wednesday, January 4 and will continue till January 5, at JSS auditorium, Jaya Nagar. By the end of the week from January 6-8, the puppet performances and events will be taking place in various locations.

‘Dhaatu’ was founded in 2004 by Anupama and Vidyashankar Hoskere. Dhaatu is one of the leading puppet theatres in India. It specialises in the art form of doll keeping and puppetry to narrate stories.


Dhaatu International Puppet show          Credits: DONNA

‘Dhaatu’ festival has various events packed within, like children’s festival, which will be a puppet show for school children, ‘Dhaatu’ Puppet Parade; a 1.2km parade, that will begin from Dhaatu Puppet Bus Stop to K.R Road. Bhakta Prahlad would be another event which would be held in the festival. It would be a puppet show directed by Anupama Hoskere herself. Further, there is a long line-up of puppet shows like The Little Red Hen, Ramayan, Ram – Hanuman Yuddh, Swinging Marionettes, Kumarasambhavan, Subhadra Parinaya, Rama Pattabhishekam and Vijayanagara Vaibhava.

Along with the puppet show, various other cultural performances will be performed in this event like  Purulia/Chhau masks, Bayalata Music Demonstration and Kuchipudi performances.


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