The puppets from Rajasthan do dance

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They come from the colourful and vibrant state of Rajasthan and no wonder... they are so attractive and lively! Puppetry is one of the most popular sources of entertainment in the state. It is practiced by a community of agricultural laborers of Rajasthan. Known as the Bhats, these people have been associated with Rajasthani string puppetry to carry forward their traditional occupation.

A number of wooden dummy dolls that are dressed up in bright and colourful attires are used for the puppetries. These puppets, which are fixed on strings are controlled and moved around by the puppeteers. A miniature stage is set up with the help of a cot that is laid by length.

Loud beats on the dholak (a kind of drum) announce the starting of the puppet show. Throughout the show, there is hooting and whistling by the puppeteers. The puppet shows have for their theme stories from the Rajasthani legends.

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