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Kathputli dance of Rajasthan (courtesy: Wikipedia & YouTube)

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Post by Seva Lamberdar Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:43 am

Introduction*:

Kathputli is a string puppet theatre, native to Rajasthan (India), and is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Meaning literally wooden mannequin (kath putli) and being a string marionette, it is controlled by a single string that passes it from the top of the puppet over the puppeteers.

History*:

Some scholars believe Kathputli art tradition is more than thousands years old. One finds its reference in Rajasthani folk tales, ballads and sometimes even in folk songs. Similar puppets which are rod-puppets, are also found in west Bengal. But it is truly Rajasthan's amazing kathputli which made India one of the first countries to invent its traditional puppetry.

Tribes of Rajasthan have been performing this art from the ancient times and it has become an eternal part of Rajasthani cultural diversity and tradition. No village fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without the Kathputlis.

It is believed that somewhere 1500 years ago, tribal Rajasthani Bhat community started the use of Kathputli as string marionette art and it is in their love for tradition that art of Kathputli survived the test of time.

Tradition of Kathputli is based on folk tales and stories. Scholars believe that folk tales convey the lifestyle of ancient Rajasthani tribal people and Kathputli art might have originated from present day Nagaur and surrounding areas.

Rajasthani Kings and nobles were patrons of Art and Craft and they encouraged the craftsmen in activities ranging from wood and marble carving to weaving, pottery and painting. Over the last 500 years,

Kathputli was a system of patronage supported by kings and well-off families. The patrons would look after the artists in return for the artists singing praises of the patrons’ ancestors. Bhat community claim that their ancestors had performed for royal families, and received great honour and prestige from the rulers of Rajasthan.

Kathputli presently*:

Today Kathputli art is one of the most popular performing arts of Rajasthan after Ghoomar.

Organisations like Rupayan Sansthan in Jodhpur founded by Vijaydan Detha and Komal Kothari in 1960 and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur, founded by Devilal samar in 1952, are working in the field preserving and promoting the art of Kathputli, the latter even has a puppet theater as well as puppet museum. Capital New Delhi also has an area known as 'Kathputli Colony', in Shadipur Depot, where puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, dancers and musicians and other itinerant performance groups have settled for half a century.

Kathputli presentations (YouTube):

(1) A woman dancing to music:



(2) Rajasthani 'Michael Jackson':



Wikipedia reference: * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathputli_(puppetry)
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Post by Seva Lamberdar Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:09 am

Here is a song "Bol ri kathputli.." from the movie Kathputli (1957, with Vyajantimala),

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