strike a deal with their creators. You move them, and they move
you. Whatever their materials, whatever their size, however cheaply
they have been put together, all puppets come to life as characters.
The puppet maker provides a face, eyes, perhaps some hair and
a mouth. The puppeteer provides movement and give the puppet a
voice. We see the puppet move, we hear it speak and we are caught
up in its world. Instead of wood, papier mache or plastic, we
see a character, a hero to cheer or a villain to boo, a tragic
figure who can move us to tears or a comic figure who will make
us laugh out loud.
entertain and educate
can work the edge between entertainment and information. They
line up alongside drama, storytelling, drumming and dance as art
forms that can also teach and persuade. The entertainment comes
first. It draws us in, and once we have lost ourselves in the
world the puppets create, we accept the message without even realizing
that we are learning. Lessons learned in this way are more likely
to be remembered and to become part of our solid stock of knowledge.
SUMMER PUPPET LAB EXPERIMENTS
This summer Katkatha brings for children an exciting peek into the Puppet Lab!!
Where they can learn to invent their own characters and stories , experiment with material, create their own puppets and present their own shows.
They can watch puppet shows!!
They can have puppet demos !!
But that’s not all. We have something for teachers too.
WHO ARE WE
A registered puppet company (puppet art trust) which has been performing with puppets and conducting workshops for the last 10 years in India and abroad.
Puppets are safe
Because they are
characters, not people, puppets are the ideal medium for discussing
sensitive issues. Puppets create a world in which we recognize
ourselves and identify with the characters as the drama unfolds.
At the same time, a puppet show seems to hold a piece of "safety
glass" between the action and the audience-although we are
drawn into the drama, we are not threatened by it. It is an extraordinary
phenomenon that an audience will accept from a puppet what would
cause offence or embarrassment if it came from a live actor. That
is why puppets are now widely used in teaching about AIDS and
other sensitive matters.
Puppets can portray
"bad" characters in a community without pointing the
finger at a real individual. They can be used to draw out disagreements
within a community or a family without fanning the flames of conflict
in the audience. They can be used to talk to black and white children
about race and conflict. They can be used to promote the rights
of girls to adults who will not listen to a lecture. They can
perform to a mixed audience in areas where men and women must
sit apart to watch live actors.
A puppet may look terrifying, but
its sense of menace is contained. Partly, this is because most
puppets are small (even large puppets are often no more than child-sized).
But it is not just a question of size. Puppets function more completely
within their own "theatre" than human actors do. We
are often aware of actors as people who put on a part for a performance
and put it aside when they leave the stage. Puppets have no existence
independent of their characters. They come without the baggage
that accompanies a human actor, and they can get away with things
that humans cannot.
are for children
relate to puppets from their earliest years because they are used
to making inanimate characters come to life. Children are puppeteers
themselves from the first time they pick up a shoe, a squeezed-out
half orange or a hairbrush and make it move and talk. Toys and
dolls take an active role in children's play. They laugh and talk
and argue.They try on personalities and take them off again. The
child makes her doll move-she is the puppeteer. She scolds her
doll in the stern but loving voice of a mother-she is an actor.
She makes her doll stamp its foot and then laughs at the effect-she
is the audience. After this early experience a child recognizes
puppets as legitimate and natural.
puppet can be whatever the puppeteer and the child make it. It
can be the child's friend without demanding something in return.
It can be a clown. It can be naughty and get into trouble without
hurting anyone. It can say what the child thinks, feel what the
child feels and share a child's sadness. It can show a child who
knows poverty, hunger, war and loss that there can also be joy
and love and a happy ending. A puppet can tell a child who rarely
hears it that he is loved. A puppet can show a child that her
father or mother can also be sad, and it can demonstrate the value
of love, the futility of quarrel and the benefit of cooperation
|WHAT ARE WE OFEREING THIS SUMMER and through the year!!
THE SHADOW LAB
- Shadow puppetry workshops for classes 5 and above ending in short performances
- Duration- 3 days , 2 hours daily
- No of children- maximum 20
- Materials required- Cardboard, cutters, needle and thread and cellophane paper
- We get everything else
|FUN WITH GLOVE PUPPETS
- Glove puppetry workshops for classes 2 and above ending in short performances
- Duration- 5 days , 2 hours daily
- No of children- maximum 20
- Materials required- Office glue, plastic bowls, toilet paper, fabric and wool
- We get everything else!
THE MASK CARNIVAL
- MASKS and puppets for 3 years and above ending in Exhibition
- Duration- 3 days, 1 hour daily
- No of Children- 20 per session*
- Materials required- Corrugated cardboard roll, paint, brushes, staplers
- We will bring everything else!
PUPPET SHOWS AND DEMOS FOR CHILDREN
45 MINUTES OF PUPPET FUN!! A storytelling session with puppets for children using small and big glove, rod and string puppets introducing children to different techniques and aspects of the magical world of puppets!
Requirements- A table!!
No of children- up to 150
Puppets share with actors the ability
to perform in any setting and on any budget. (Puppets eat less
than actors, but they do need humans for support and a voice.)
Puppets are equally at home in cities and villages. They can perform
in the street or in local theatres and convey messages on immunization,
sanitation or nutrition with humour and style.
Puppets can tour. With a van, a portable
stage, some battery-powered amplifiers and a few humans along
for the ride, they can travel even to those areas unreached by
the mass media. In rugged rural places, puppets can journey strapped
to the back of a donkey. This flexibility makes puppets ideal
for working in the least developed countries, where innovative
ways of reaching communities are desperately needed. Not only
can they reach the communities, but they can also dress in the
local style, adopt the local customs and be accepted as friends
and neighbours rather than being viewed as outsiders.
are also natural television stars. Sesame Street, produced by
the Children's Television Workshop in the United States since
1968, established puppet figures as some of the all-time greats
of the small screen. The Muppet characters devised by Jim Henson
continue to this day to be international stars, combining their
role of making people laugh with teaching letters and numbers
to children as well as adults. The Muppets have been copied around
the world, their eyes and large mobile mouths making them instantly
The versatility of puppets seems
almost limitless. What other art form can boast of a version created
specially for floods? Vietnamese water-puppets - devised to entertain
people in the flooded Red River delta - are a testimony to the
fact that popular culture will find a way of expressing itself
no matter how difficult the circumstances. Puppets carved from
local trees are attached to long bamboo poles. The puppeteers
stand in the water, hidden by foliage, and work the puppets through
strings that run inside the poles. Today the water puppets tell
tales from ancient and modern times, delight local people and
tourists, and provide jobs - while keeping alive a national treasure.
are for adults
the special relationship between puppets and children, puppets
also speak to adults. The roots of puppetry are deeply connected
with mystery, symbolism and religion. The earliest adventure stories
were instructional, advising people on the right way to live.
Traditional puppet stories from India, Indonesia, Japan and Eastern
Europe have been devised for and watched by adults. In Africa,
masks and puppet figures have been used in initiation or funeral
rites, and they play a complex role in community culture, ensuring
good crops or a successful transition to adulthood. A long tradition
recognizes puppet figures as serious, adult characters.
PUPPET LAB FOR TEACHERS!
We also offer teacher training programs on using puppets in the classroom
- Puppets for storytelling and introducing new concepts in the class for nursery and Prep – This workshops focuses on developing content for the classroom using puppets like teaching alphabets, poems, cleanliness or good manners.
- Puppets for interactive activities and creating stories to teach specific concepts in science and social studies. These could be as varied as the water cycle to plant life to the history of Ancient India.
Number of Teachers- Maximum 15 in a session
Duration- 3 Hours a day for 5 days
Fees: Will depend upon the type of medium & relevance to class curriculum
helps develop skills and teamwork
Creating a puppet show requires a
wide rage of people and skills. Opportunities abound for individuals
to make and manipulate puppets, write scripts and stage shows.
Puppets create teamwork even as they entertain and inform the
audience. This gives a golden opportunity for forming alliances
between creative artists and those involved in development work.
Puppetry can provide an entry point for contact with talented
entertainers, who then learn how their art can spread information.
Just as the puppet show can help
the audience understand things in a different way, so can a workshop
on making puppets and performing become a focal point for young
epople who want to bring positive change to their communities.
promote child rights
Puppets are already
campaigning for the right of girls to go to school and for boys
and girls not to be sent to war. They campaign for strategies
to improve sanitation and health and to reduce illness and child
deaths. They encourage parents to play with their children and
lawmakers to respect child rights.
When officials of the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting in the United States wanted to create
a new television programme to tackle difficult issues for children
and their caregivers, research convinced them that the show should
use puppet characters. They came up with The Puzzle Place, whose
stories celebrate diversity and advocate tolerance and understanding.
The success of The Puzzle Place, which was launched in 1995 and
has since completed two seasons, has confirmed that puppets are
winners in television entertainment, particularly when a producer
is looking for something that teaches as it entertains.
Puppet research in India confirms
that puppet shows are also among the most effective means of communicating
health messages. Perhaps the most persuasive argument is that
puppets are becoming more successful in country after country
as puppeteers discover new messages and new audiences. Those who
join hands with puppets today are signing up with a successful
and fast-growing worldwide movement.
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