Rajasthan Puppet


You might have heard about famous puppetry shows of Rajasthan. Puppet show is a traditional way of having a taste of customary storytelling puppets (otherwise known as kathputli) is a conventional method for keeping the visitors captivated. Rehearsed by artists and particularly the bhat community of Rajasthan, puppetry is a necessary part of Rajasthani life style. These hand tailored puppets are not simply a doll or a toy but are a way to send a message to the masses through captivating story telling.

Earlier, these puppet shows were used to be a method of spreading social awareness. At the time of British rule, freedom fighters used puppets to evoke the feeling of patriotism in the youth of the country. Along with interesting storytelling, puppet shows also incorporates singing and a vast content of humour. Story behind the show may contain a portray, a society legend, an occasion, a legendary episode or any story. A puppet is a preserver and retainer of Rajasthani society. Different puppets with vibrant colours dancing on a stage along with a terrific story and music are efficient enough to bring a smile and tears at the same time. Generally, each show present a story depicting the fight between good, and the bad is told ending with a message of victory of genuine. Puppetry blossomed in the villages of India and became an integral part of the folk culture of India. Besides this fact, puppetry lacks facial expressions, the background music and dialogues of the artist backstage make puppets alive.

The subject of puppet is not new to the world, but it is rather thousands years old. Regionally called Kathputli, where kaath implies wood and putli imply a doll accordingly giving it the name of a wooden puppet. It is the most vibrant part of Rajasthani folk culture and legacy. According to a legend, Raja Vikramaditya of Ujjain was frightfully fond of puppets. His throne was chiselled with thirty two beautiful dolls. The first play was of thirty two puppets which portrayed the life and accomplishments of Vikramaditya. The successors of the man, who initially demonstrated the play, performed a few shows for the later royal families in this manner picking up much acknowledgment and laud.

A long time after Prithviraj Chauhan was so amazed by this workmanship that he asked the Bhats to show a play on his accomplishments. The Bhats made a play on the brave deeds of Amar Singh Rathod of Nagaur additionally. The Mughal period brought a downfall for this art form as it was somehow against the Islamic beliefs. The puppet artists in the Mughal period faced loss of recognition as they were not entertained by the Mughal royal families.