In promotion of puppetry

PUPPETRY. AND this art was the inspiration to the talkies. But, as years rolled down, cinema has shadowed it out by its vast and wide reach and other technical advancements. However, still, there are some artistes scattered in different parts of the State promoting this art.

To support their endeavour, the Kalai Foundation, a Chennai-based organisation, in coordination with the India Foundation for the Arts, South Zone Cultural Centre and many other like-minded forums, is organising a two-day Shadow Puppet Theatre Festival, titled `Nee Engey' (Where you are?), in the Madura College on Aug 14 and 15.

On the inaugural day on Saturday, puppet shows from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. were conducted for school students.

Later, in the evening, a documentary, with the same title `Nee Engey', on puppeteers was screened. Besides the theme, what was of interest in this was that the puppeteers who were presenting shows at the festivals themselves made the cast. These artistes come from different districts in the south.

The highlight of Sunday's programme is that a training programme on puppetry will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., besides the puppet shows, which are being organised 10 a.m. to 12 noon and again from 3 p.m. The last show will begin at 5 p.m. The valedictory will be at 7 p.m.

From M.R. Aravindan

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