Ramayana in Puppets: India and abroad

The Ramayana has inspired generations of artists across the world. The story of love, righteousness and the victory of good over evil is easily transferable to different cultures whose painters, sculptors, actors, and dancers have beautifully interpreted and adapted it to their audiences. Another unique manifestation of the epic comes in the form of puppetry. From Karnataka in South India to Indonesia in Southeast Asia, different localised forms of puppet theatre have kept the Ramayana alive for centuries. This Diwali let us take a look at a few of them!

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Chitralekha is a museum professional based in London. She holds an MA in History of Art from SOAS. Her areas of interests include Indian miniature paintings, decoloniality in museums, and open access in the cultural space.

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