June 10: Who is that mousy lady in a sari? What is the clown doing with a huge ball that looks like the sun? And what is this — a man with the heads of two big-eyed cows in his hands? All of them look like they want to tell a story. Their story. And that’s exactly what they do, for they are all puppets. And when their master pulls the strings and speaks from behind the curtain, they sing and dance, play and fight, laugh and cry....
Vishnudas Bhave’s puppets had to go through a long ordeal before they finally got to the right place and in the hands of the right people. It was not just a long journey but a tough one too.
This story dates back to the year 1843, when the father of Marathi theatre, Vishnudas Bhave created his puppets, in Maharashtra’s Sangli district. They were not ordinary wooden puppets. They were so life-like that it seemed they would talk to you any moment....
With more amd more people using paper bags instead of plastic ones, you can find one easily for your tiger puppet.
Paper Bag Tiger [Illustrations by Sudheer Nath] The things you need:
Paper bag, paints and eyes.
Step 1. Take a paper bag and make the face of a Tiger using black paint.
Step 2. Paint the Tiger yellow.
Step 3. If you cannot imagine then see this picture and make the face accordingly....
Finger Puppet [illustrations by Kusum Chamoli] Make a finger puppet for your little sister, and watch her squeal with joy.
Things you need:
Bits of card sheets or thick paper.
Sketch pen or crayons.
Step 1: Draw the outline of a figure that you want to make a puppet of. It could be a human puppet, an animal, a bird or even inanimate objects like a time piece, or a bucket....
Take out those old socks that have been lying in your cupboard. With these puppets you can actually hold a puppet show for your friends and family.
The things you need:
Old sock A needle and thread Poster colours Brush Red coloured paper Step 1: Put your hand inside the sock, take hold of a part of
Glove Puppets! [Illustrations by Anup Singh] the front of the sock and pull it in....
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