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Puppets in the hands of time

Life StylePosted at: Jun 20, 2017, 12:35 AM; last updated: Jun 20, 2017, 12:35 AM (IST)With just a handful of patrons to showcase their skills, Chandigarh’s puppeteers struggle hard to make both ends meet

Amarjot Kaur

As reflected at the fifth edition of four-day International Puppet Festival at Tagore Theatre four months ago on February 3, the fate of puppetry (at least in Chandigarh) hangs on the string of hope. Despite the UT Administration waiving a 30 per cent entertainment tax on tickets at the theatre, last year, reportedly with a view to promote local theatre groups, the festival featured performances by Kuchh Kuchh Theatre from Delhi, among other theatre groups from Indonesia, Palestine, and Taiwan.
Evidently, unlike famous puppeteers like Dadi Pudumjee, first Indian ventriloquist YK Padhye, and his son Ramdas Padhye, who brought puppetry to mainstream…

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