India, the Motherland of Puppetry has influenced the rest of Asia and the world with its techniques of Rod and shadow puppets. It is important for us to understand the history, antiquity, techniques and scope for development in order to continue being the leader of the world in this field. The design of the festival has been done to achieve this goal of promotion and propagation of the Art-form in all its grandeur.
Performances exploring the rod and shadow puppetry traditions of the world on Jan 1, 2, 3 & 4
The Days will have spectacular performances by puppet Masters of Traditional Rod and Shadow techniques from all over India. We have short-listed teams from Karnataka ( 3 performances), Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. We also have teams from Turkey, Egypt and Bulgaria.
Dhaatu has worked for nearly two decades to inculcate a taste in the audience for traditional puppetry. The people appreciate and encourage these performances, creating a need for more.
Dhaatu Puppet Panache – A Large Puppet Making Competition for Youth- Jan 1st ,2016
When Art and Architecture come together, they benefit from each other and also the society. The planning which started two years ago has yielded results this year. Architecture and Design students will participate in Puppet Panache, a large puppet making competition. The competition will have a trophy and a cash component for the winner. About a hundred teams are expected to compete. The aim of this is to promote joint and structure development in puppetry which is useful to the puppeteer and also make the students understand the importance of puppetry in communications and social bonding. The competition requires the students to design puppets to communicate in the Indian context.
Workshops in Puppetry –Dec 27th 2015
All day workshop on making of the shadow puppet will be held on Sunday Dec 27th.
Puppeteers from Bulgaria who will be coming to perform at the Dhaatu International Puppet Festival- 2016, wil be conducting a glove puppet workshop at Dhaatu Puppet Theater, BSK II Stage on Sunday December 27th 2015. This will be a all day workshop.
Registrations are open on a first come first served basis.
Curtain Raiser- Dec 29th 2015
This will be held at the National Gallery for Modern Art, Bengaluru. This is a platform which introduces the design of the festival to the art intellectuals of the city. We present Puppet forms which depict the finesse and sophistication of the Traditional forms of puppetry. This will also double up as a press- meet.
Puppet performance : Mooshikaa Katha by Dhaatu Puppet Theater
Dhaatu Puppet Parade- Jan 1st 2016
Dhaatu International Puppet Festival- 2015 saw the inauguration of the Dhaatu Puppet Bus-stop which showcases 10 typical puppet characters of the region. Building up on this, DIPF- 2016 will have a Puppet Parade beginning from the bus- stop. This will include the invited puppeteers, local residents, puppet enthusiasts, artists, students and all the people. This will be an event the city looks forward to.
Khel Mel: Patachitra, the narrative painting tradition from Eastern India
- Starting from Rs. 1000
- 8-10 yrs