Many of the Shadow Puppetry traditions of South India trace their roots to Maharashtra. So I was extra excited when Kiski Kahani (also on FB) brought me out to the Yashwantrao Chavan School in Pune, to put on a 2 day Shadow Theatre and Ramayana workshop for the youth.
Like most of my basic shadow theatre workshops, we begin with ripped paper shadow puppets, the add windows and colored cellophane. The students created such beautiful worlds from the shadows of torn paper.
Then the students broke up into small groups and worked on retelling specific episodes from the Epic. I let them use the materials and shadow masks that were developed this year by Shadow Liberation for our latest production Ramayana Remix.