Friday, October 25, 2013

Chhaya Cinema: Indian Leather Puppetry

I gave this workshop & lecture at Atta Galatta as a part of Out of Focus presented by Maraa.
For centuries, flame illuminated screens and moving shadows cast by leather puppets have been used to narrate epic stories. These shadow puppet traditions can be found in Orissa, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. While Shadow Puppetry maybe thought of as the original Cinema, the advent and advancement of modern Cinema runs parallel to the decline in traditional Shadow Puppetry. What is being lost? And how are Shadow Theatre artists borrowing from Cinema to create contemporary work for modern audiences?

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