Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls
Opens Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 / closes July 15, 2018
Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls
Indian Puppets celebrate the cultural range of India by exploring the diversity of puppetry techniques and genres across the subcontinent. Learn how puppetry has been used in India for over a millennium as an important storytelling tool, while seeing both traditional and contemporary pieces.
This special exhibit is included with Museum admission. The Center for Puppetry Arts (CPA) is the largest of its kind in the United States.
Tuesday, November 14 @6:30pm
To mark its opening the renowned Natankairali Puppetry Groupe has been sponsored by Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Government of India and the Consulate General of India, in partnership with Center for Puppetry Arts.
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Light refreshments in the Love Family Atrium
Self-guided tours of the special exhibition Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum
Recognition of sponsors and donors in the Downstairs Theater
Performance: Kalyana Sougandhikam by Natana Kairali from Kerala, India.
Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19 @ 5:30pm
To celebrate the opening of the Special Exhibit, Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls, the Center is hosting
a performance of Kalyana Sougandhikam by Natana Kairali of Kerala, India. This story based on a story from the Mahabharata and is performed using Pavakathakali, a form of traditional glove puppetry. The performances are FREE with your admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Seats to the performance are limited and reservations will be required. Limit 4 per order. For more information call our Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391.
Saturday, January 20 - @ 11am
Celebration of India Family Day
Come celebrate the puppetry and culture of India! Special activities for the day include readings of The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk and a book signing with author Sue Sehgal, special gallery programs, puppet building activities, and more. All activities are FREE with your admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
11:00 – India Pop Up Cart Program (Special Exhibits Gallery)
11:30 – Sue Sehgal reading 1 of 2 followed by simple puppet building activity (Atrium)
12:00 – Sue book signing until 1pm (Atrium) 1 hour
12:00—Yoga demo (3rd floor Education classroom) 15 minutes 12:20-- Indian musical instrument petting zoo (3rd floor Education classroom) 15 minutes
12:40—dance demo (3rd floor Education classroom) 15 minutes
1:00-- Yoga demo (3rd floor Education classroom)
1:20-- Indian musical instrument petting zoo (3rd floor Education classroom)
1:40-- dance demo (3rd floor Education classroom)
2:00 – India Pop Up Cart Program (Special Exhibits Gallery)
2:30 – Sue Sehgal reading 2 of 2 followed by simple puppet building activity (Atrium)
Saturday, February 3 @ 8pm –
Screening of Tomorrow We Disappear
This documentary is about Kathputli, India’s colony of artists, magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers, as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction. After the screening, enjoy a talkback with one of the film’s directors. Films are FREE for Members. Click on the link above to purchase tickets.
Directed by Jim Goldblum and Adam Weber
2014 / 80 Minutes / Documentary
Ages 15 & Up
This documentary is about Kathputli, India’s colony of artists, magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers, as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction. After the screening, enjoy a talkback with one of the film’s directors.
Location: Mainstage Theater
Cost: Included with Museum admission: $12.50; FREE for Center Members
Remember: Tickets include entry into the Worlds of Puppetry Museum before the film!
Times: Museum Exhibits open at 7:00pm
Cash bar available at 7:15pm
Film starts at 8:00pm
Celebrate World Puppetry Day at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Special activities include puppet-led storytelling, hands-on Puppet Pop Up! carts, walk-around puppeteers, puppetry demonstrations, and a World Puppetry Presentation.
Celebrate World Puppetry Day at the Center for Puppetry Arts with a variety of free activities!
-Walkaround puppeteers (Atrium)
-Puppet demonstrations with the Atlanta Puppetry Guild (Third Floor)
-Puppet Pop Up Carts (Atrium)
At 3 pm, join us for a World Puppetry Presentation in the Downstairs Theater, in which we'll be discovering puppetry in other cultures.
All above activities are FREE! Note that if you'd like to see The Cat in the Hat or explore the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, you must purchase a ticket.
There will be special activities inside the Worlds of Puppetry Museum as well. (Paid admission required.)
Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 7pm-9pm –
Puppetry of India Lecture
Learn about the puppetry of India during this lecture with Dr. Kathy Foley and Karen Smith, curators of Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls. Click on the link about for more information and to purchase tickets.
Presented by Kathy Foley & Karen Smith
LEVEL: intermediate (for industry/professionals) | Ages 18+
DESCRIPTION: Indian puppetry ranges from ritual performances with the Goddess almost the only spectator to contemporary puppetry to raise environmental consciousness and everything in between. String-, glove-, rod- and shadow forms have evolved over millennia. The cultural and social backgrounds of selected theatres and the unique methods of manipulation (head rings that allow a puppeteer to “dance” becoming almost as a double of the figure, rod puppets supported by a waist harness, shadow puppets taller than humans). The relation of music, dance, myth, and the animated object will be highlighted. Modern performance in education, entertainment, and social service continues this long history and traditional puppeteers fight to retain their family heritage as high-rise developments threaten to displace them from areas the community has settled. Learn of the long and deep heritage of puppetry and its vibrant presence in Indian culture.
COST: $25 General | $15 Member
Venue: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309