K. K. Ramachandra Pulavar generously home to Shadow Liberation and taught us puppet making in the Tholpava Koothu tradition. Ramachandra comes from a long ancestral lineage of Tholpava Koothu artists, and he's the head of the Krishnankutty Pulavar Memorial Tolpava Koothu & Puppet Centre. In the picture above you see us mixing multi-color LEDs with the traditional coconut lamp lights. The Pulavar family was excited to explore the use of the Overhead Projector and LED lights.
We look forward to working more with the Pulavars in the coming months. (see previous blogpost from my first visit here)