Category / Palakad Puppetry

A research trip focusing on the history and cultural context of shadow puppetry and crafts in a number of places in India.

    Loading posts...
  • Puppet Colony

    I had heard about a group of nomadic puppeteers who had settled in Jaipur, and was lucky enough to be introduced to Rajesh Bhat, a Rajasthani puppeteer living in the heart of…

  • City of Makers

    On the advice of the wonderful Sound Travels director Georgie Pope, I spent the last few days of my India trip in Jaipur. Georgie had been part of a research project several…

  • Oriya Puppetry

    Orissa has a history of puppetry, which goes back a few hundred years. As is the story with many of the artforms I have encountered in India, there are few groups still…

  • Kerala Folklore Museum

    The Museum of Folklore in Cochin is truly brilliant. It is filled to the brim with folk arts from Southern India. The museum was built 4 years ago, and is based on…

  • Puram

    You could say I am a well seasoned British festival goer. My calf muscles are sufficiently toned to lift my heavy wellies out of a mud trench. I can proficiently paint butterflies,…

  • Making puppets

    As you can imagine making a puppet in leather is not an easy task. The hardest part is getting the detail straight (being me and generally a bit wonky this is especially…

  • Shadows Under the Banyan Tree

    Shortly after plonking my backpack on the sofa and gulping my sweet tea, Pulavar and his son informed me of their gig in Fort Kochi. They had been booked to perform an…

  • Just arrived

    I’ve finally arrived at the lovely Pulavar family home. We got here early on a bright sunny Sunday after a 13 hour train ride, and were welcomed with a much appreciated dosa,…

  • Happy New Year from India!

    HAPPY 2013 everyone! Just a quick post before I head further south to start the long anticipated residency in Shoranur. I am slowly getting used to the wonderfully full-of-colours-busy-topsy-turvy lifestyle in India.…

  • Indian Shadow Puppetry

    At the start of next year I will go on a research trip to to India. I will carry out research into the history and cultural context of shadow puppetry and crafts in a…