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About Leather Puppetry

The art of puppetry has been a popular medium used in India to narrate stories of divinity, stories from India’s great epics- Ramayana and Mahabharata. This oratorical style of narration would last several nights and is believed to have flourished in Andhra Pradesh as early as the twelfth century. The puppets used for this purpose were made of leather and the Leather Shadow Puppetry of Andhra Pradesh is known as Tholu Bommalata. Anantapur and Guntur district are the main hubs for leather puppets. Traditionally made from deer skin, today the artisans use goat hide. Different characters painted on the hide are designated with specific colours such as blue for Rama, green for Hanuman and so on. After a two week process of cleaning the hide, the translucent skin is painted on using natural and chemical colours. Today, the artisans use the same technique and have diversified into an array of products with utility value.

Leather Puppetry


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