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Duration : 16 Days / 15 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Ranakpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Pushkar - Mandawa - New Delhi
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imgFascinating Rajasthan Tour
Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Kota – Chittorgarh – Dungarpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – New Delhi
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imgMysterious Rajasthan Tour
Duration : 10 Days / 09 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Kuchaman - Khimsar – Mandawa – Samode – New Delhi
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imgEnchating Rajasthan Tour
Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Pushkar – Udaipur - Jodhpur – Jaipur –New Delhi
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PUPPET SHOWS

indiagatePuppetry is an ancient and popular form of folk entertainment. India has a composite and rich heritage in puppetry. Puppetry in considered as the most expressive of all theatrical forms. In India, puppet troupes are found in states like Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka. In Rajasthan, the paper puppets and string puppets are popular. Andhra is famous for Shadow puppets. Puppets have been a versatile means of artistic expression, communication and instruction for 2,000 years. Working the edge between entertainment and education, puppets can both teach and persuade. Their creative potential is just waiting to be used to help communities grow and change.

There are various types of puppetry shows in India. Some are glove puppets, some are rod puppets, some puppetry shows use string and rod puppets and last but not the least is the shadow puppets. Puppetry shows generally depict different episodes from the famous Indian epics of The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. Puppetry is more popular as a rural folk art than it is in urban areas however nowadays puppetry is getting its due recognition in the cities too. Since puppets are characters and not people puppet shows can be used to spread social message on sensitive issues like family planning, and female literacy.

Puppetry in Rajasthan
The puppets in Rajasthan are one of the popular sources of entertainment in the state. The art of puppetry 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. Though they belong, originally, to the Nagaur area in the Marwar region, they travel all through the countryside to exhibit their skills. Also known by the name of the "kathputliwalas", they usually perform the puppet shows during the late evenings.

In the puppet shows, there are a number of wooden dummy dolls that are dressed up in bright and color attires. These puppets are attached with strings that the puppeteer uses to move them around. A miniature stage is set up with the help of a cot that is laid by length. The puppeteer tacks his puppets over a rope joined to the upper legs of the cots. The cots are covered with sheets in order to conceal the puppeteer from the view of the public. He moves the jointed limbs of the puppets with the help of strings attached to each of them.

For a performance, a small stage is set where puppeteers show puppetry & narrate the story. In the performance, music or ballad plays an important role as the entire performance is based upon the ballad. Sometimes, the puppeteer makes use of various sound effects to achieve the reality impact & give a quality entertainment. The puppeteer shows all his skills to make puppets dance on his tunes. The puppets are fixed on stage in fact they are strung on the stage for the performance. It recounts historic anecdotes, replay tales of love, and include much screeching and high-pitched sound as the puppet twirl and move frenetically at the time of performance. 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 shows, usually lasting one hour, are enjoyed by people belonging to all the age groups. The performance of Kathputli of Rajasthan is performed during fairs and festival occasions.

Medium of Entertain and Educate
Puppets 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. 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.
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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