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Experiential Summer Lab for Children

Be a Puppeteer
Learn from a Master Practitioner
Experience a Dying Art form

This lab is designed to acquaint urban children with one of India’s age-old art form that is nearing extinction. The program includes hands-on puppet making sessions, story creation and performance.

Learning Objectives:

   • Cultural Osmosis: Learning about the culture of South Canara, India
   • Craftsmanship: Learning the skill of designing and building Yakshagana puppets, basics of carpentry
   • Art: Learning the art of puppeteering from a master puppeteer
   • Learning Story Telling through puppets, introduction of folktales and folk characters

Yakshagana Bombeyatta

Yakshagana Bombeyatta is a form of Puppetry from Kasargod District and South Canara district in Karnataka State. This art form is presented using string and rod puppets with colorful costumes and dresses. The movement of the dolls are monitored and controlled by strings and puppets made out of wood are painted and dressed according to the character in the story. Bombeyatta is controlled from a curtain chamber specially put up behind the seen for the purpose. Musical instruments are also used just as in Yakshagana and different puppets enact different characters in accordance with the story through dialogues and songs.

Program Activities

  • ‘The Artist in Me’ - Introduction to Puppet-making and Story telling – the history behind Bombeyatta.
  • ‘My Puppet’ – Build a Yakshagana puppet with the materials provided, using carpentry skills, paints and accessories.
  • ‘Puppetry Techniques’- technique of using strings to control the puppets and manual dexterity.
  • ‘Let’s Rehearse’ – Learners create a story based on a folk-tales and create a puppet show.
  • ‘Come One, Come All’– A live Bombeyatta performance, designed and created by the learners
  • Ripples in the pond’: a journey of reflection and insight

About the Specialist:

Puppeteers in India are a struggling group, and Mr. K V Ramesh is a good example of a passionate artist who has made the survival and popularity of Bombeyatta his mission in life. His troupe, the Gopalakrishna Sangha, located in Kasargod, spreads this art form across India and has also performed in Lahore and Paris.

Pricing:

Contact Us for Pricing.

Includes:

  •    Research and Activity Design
  •    Experienced Specialists and Trained Experientialists
  •    Visiting faculty from senior puppeteers
  •    Materials and Props for Making Puppets
  •    Props for putting up the Show

Excludes:

  •    Personal stationary like pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener, colors (pencils or crayons), notebook, scale

Program Details

Duration:

3 hours / day x 5 days

Where:

The program is being organized at the Experience Lab situated at the office of Institute of Experiential Learning, Infantry Road Bangalore.

When:

Contact us for schedule

Certificate:

Participants will receive a Certificate from Institute of Experiential Learning and a Redeemable Voucher for future Experiential Learning Programs.

Age Group and Group Size:

10-14 years
Max 20 per batch

 

You could choose to own this program at your housing complex or institution, and INEXEL will facilitate the same at your premises. Write to us at info@inexel.org.

 

Program Availability on a first-come-first-served basis

Program subject to a min. group size of 15 and availablity of faculty

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