Saturday, October 25, 2014

Global Shadow Theatre with Tholpava Koothu


Tonight I joined Ramachandra Pulavar for a lecture and demonstration about Shadow Puppetry in Calicit, Kerala organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.



I gave a brief overview of shadow puppetry traditions around the world and the Pulavars performed an excerpt of the Ramayana in the traditional Thol Pava Koothu.



Half the fun is peaking behind the screen to see how it's done. Especially the flaring of the flame, by throwing frankincense powder on it -- old school special effects for the whole family.