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Schoolchildren evince interest in puppetry

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 6 - In view of the relevance of puppetry, the ancient art form, in spiritual, cultural, educational and other contexts, Sagarika Putala Theatre of Khetri recently conducted a puppetry workshop under the aegis of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Around 40 individuals participated in the 20-day workshop and according to the organisers the participants showed keen enthusiasm to know and learn the nuances of this art form that is visual and colourful. Most of the participants were schoolchildren.

�Though technological advancements have ushered in sweeping changes in the society, pushing many traditional art forms into oblivion, the popularity of puppetry has not diminished. In fact, this traditional art form has got a fillip in the recent days with many young people evincing keen interest in it,� said Manuranjan Roy, producer of Sagarika Putala Theatre. He added that being a visual art form, puppetry can relate to all including the illiterate and can be used as a powerful medium for social change.

The workshop was conducted by Manuranjan Roy, Suren Pator and Tularam Bharali. Two plays Keligopal and Savitri Satyaban were presented at the end of the workshop by the participants under the guidance of the seniors.

It needs to be mentioned that several amateur and professional groups have been promoting this traditional art form and Sagarika Putala Theatre has not only presented Assam�s puppet shows in front of the national audience, but has also concentrated on teaching schoolchildren human values and ethics through this art form.

�Puppetry is a potent tool to create social awareness. Young people easily get attracted to puppet shows and so we have been presenting plays for school students that carry an ethical message,� said Roy, observing that this medium has also forged amity and unity among the diverse communities of the State. Roy has also produced plays in different ethnic languages including Bodo and Tiwa.

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Schoolchildren evince interest in puppetry

GUWAHATI, May 6 - In view of the relevance of puppetry, the ancient art form, in spiritual, cultural, educational and other contexts, Sagarika Putala Theatre of Khetri recently conducted a puppetry workshop under the aegis of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Around 40 individuals participated in the 20-day workshop and according to the organisers the participants showed keen enthusiasm to know and learn the nuances of this art form that is visual and colourful. Most of the participants were schoolchildren.

�Though technological advancements have ushered in sweeping changes in the society, pushing many traditional art forms into oblivion, the popularity of puppetry has not diminished. In fact, this traditional art form has got a fillip in the recent days with many young people evincing keen interest in it,� said Manuranjan Roy, producer of Sagarika Putala Theatre. He added that being a visual art form, puppetry can relate to all including the illiterate and can be used as a powerful medium for social change.

The workshop was conducted by Manuranjan Roy, Suren Pator and Tularam Bharali. Two plays Keligopal and Savitri Satyaban were presented at the end of the workshop by the participants under the guidance of the seniors.

It needs to be mentioned that several amateur and professional groups have been promoting this traditional art form and Sagarika Putala Theatre has not only presented Assam�s puppet shows in front of the national audience, but has also concentrated on teaching schoolchildren human values and ethics through this art form.

�Puppetry is a potent tool to create social awareness. Young people easily get attracted to puppet shows and so we have been presenting plays for school students that carry an ethical message,� said Roy, observing that this medium has also forged amity and unity among the diverse communities of the State. Roy has also produced plays in different ethnic languages including Bodo and Tiwa.