There's A Group In The City That Tells Stories With Puppets & We're Hooked
The Puppetarians is a performance group by a duo in Mumbai who tell stories through handmade puppets and conduct workshops for adults and children alike.
What Makes Them Awesome
The Puppetarians was started by Sangya Ojha and Hashim Haider, who were puppeteers in the Indian chapter of Sesame Street in its heyday in the early 2000’s. Sangya, in fact, was the person behind the Indian ‘Elmo’. Remember him?
Since then, they founded this group that uses puppetry to tell stories, convey art and even uses dance in its performance. They use all sorts of styles of puppetry: ‘muppetry’ (a mix of the realistic marionette style and puppetry), shadow puppetry, walk-around puppetry and even classical Indian styles like kathputli.
They make learning fun and interactive with their unique puppet shows and puppetry training workshops. While children love their performances and puppetry workshops as well, so do adults.
Follow them on their Facebook page for details on their upcoming shows. (We've been told that there's one coming up by the end of August which they'll update soon on their social site).
“All of us are puppeteers,” says Sangya with her voice lighting up, "and everything can be a puppet.” So, if you're planning a unique birthday party or want to surprise a loved one, this is the best way to do it.