Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Besides magnificent havelis, palaces, color, miniature art and delicious food, Rajasthan also worldly famous for its string puppet theatre aka Kathputli. It is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Being a string marionette, it is controlled by a single string that passes from the top of the puppet over the puppeteers.

Kathputli is a join of two rajasthani language words Kath meaning wood and Putli meaning a doll which has no life . Kathputli means a puppet which is made entirely from wood. However it is made out of wood, cotton cloth and metal wire.

Rajasthani people are educated through puppet shows in many parts of the state. The shows tackled problems like the dowry system, women's empowerment, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, and cleanliness. These puppet shows made people aware of the social problems that everybody was facing and also showed ways of solving them.

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