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9-day puppet fest begins today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 21 � The 6th India Puppetry Festival �Putul Yatra� will begin tomorrow at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra here.

Being organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama in association with Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra and the State Cultural Affairs Department, the nine-day festival will see puppeteers from across the country, including Assam, exhibit puppetry shows.

The inaugural programme includes a special combined presentation by puppeteers of India followed by �Aladin�, a contemporary puppetry production of Calcutta Puppet Theatre, directed by Suresh Dutta.

Altogether 47 puppetry troupes of the country are taking part in the festival, which will be inaugurated by Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik at 6 pm.

Sharing the information with media persons Jayant Kastuar, secretary of Sangeet Natak Akademi, said that the festival is the largest puppetry festival in any country and hoped that people from all walks of life would participate in the event.

Workshops and interaction programme would also be organised during the course of the festival.

He also informed that groups from other north-eastern States are also taking part in the festival.

�We are also hopeful of organizing a regional puppetry festival in Assam,� he added.

SP Kakoti Bora, director, State Cultural Affairs department and renowned puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee were also present on the occasion.

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9-day puppet fest begins today

GUWAHATI, April 21 � The 6th India Puppetry Festival �Putul Yatra� will begin tomorrow at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra here.

Being organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama in association with Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra and the State Cultural Affairs Department, the nine-day festival will see puppeteers from across the country, including Assam, exhibit puppetry shows.

The inaugural programme includes a special combined presentation by puppeteers of India followed by �Aladin�, a contemporary puppetry production of Calcutta Puppet Theatre, directed by Suresh Dutta.

Altogether 47 puppetry troupes of the country are taking part in the festival, which will be inaugurated by Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik at 6 pm.

Sharing the information with media persons Jayant Kastuar, secretary of Sangeet Natak Akademi, said that the festival is the largest puppetry festival in any country and hoped that people from all walks of life would participate in the event.

Workshops and interaction programme would also be organised during the course of the festival.

He also informed that groups from other north-eastern States are also taking part in the festival.

�We are also hopeful of organizing a regional puppetry festival in Assam,� he added.

SP Kakoti Bora, director, State Cultural Affairs department and renowned puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee were also present on the occasion.

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