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Puppets, Puppets art and craft, Puppets art of Rajasthan, Puppets Arts & Crafts In Rajasthan, Rajasthan Arts CraftsPuppets is an ancient and popular form of folk entertainment. No village fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without Puppets. With their sparkling eyes and brightly colored dresses, the kathputlis , gives unforgettable experience.

Unfortunately, puppet theatre in India is under serious threat from television and cinema, and it may soon be curtains for this animated style of amusement. You may not find too many puppeteers these days, but what you will find is that these well-crafted marionettes are up for sale and look quite sensational in urban homes.

The puppets in Rajasthan are one of the fashionable sources of hobby in the state. The art of puppetry is skillful by a society of agricultural laborers of Rajasthan. Known as the Bhats, these people have been linked with Rajasthani string puppetry to take forward their customary occupation. Though they belong, initially, to the Nagaur area in the Marwar area, they travel all during the countryside to show their skills. Also known by the name of the "Kathputliwalas", they frequently perform the puppet shows throughout the late evenings. Puppetry is a very old, popular form of folk entertainment. The string puppet in Rajasthan is called Kathputlis or marionettes. No village fair, no spiritual festival and no social gathering would be complete without them. The traditional puppeteers were from the traveling communities of the Bhats.

In the puppet (Kathputliwalas) shows of Rajasthan there are a number of wooden dummy dolls that are wearing clothes up in bright and color attires. These puppets are close with strings that the puppeteer uses to move them around. A small stage is set up with the help of a cot that is laid by length. The puppeteer tacks his puppets over a cable joined to the upper legs of the cots. The cots are covered with sheets in order to hide the puppeteer from the view of the public. He moves the jointed limbs of the puppets with the help of strings close to each of them. Loud beats on the dholak make known the starting of the puppet show. During the show, there is hooting and whistling by the puppeteers. Each of the puppet shows of Rajasthan has a topic different from the other.


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