Katkatha is an amalgam of two Hindi words. Kat means wood and is derived from the word Katputli (puppetry), Katha meaning story and together they becoming puppets and stories. Bits of fabric, styrofoam figures, papier mache sculptures, Shakespearean comedies and Indian epics, the stories from conflict zones, self help groups run by women, from prisons and the worlds of little children are all a part of our work.
For us puppets are not dolls with strings but the theatre of inanimate.
Katkatha started as an association of puppeteers in 1998 and was registered as a trust in 2006 under the Indian Societies Act of 1890. Katkatha has an 80G and 12A.
At the core of Katkatha are the team of artists, the trustees and the board of advisors.
Our supporters have been very critical in this journey through grants and commissions to shows and projects. They are the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH dalai Lama, WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), the India Foundation for the Arts, the Goethe Institute New Delhi, the French Institute New Delhi, Le Tas De Sable le Petit Chiffon- Amiens, The Helios Theater -Hamm, European Culture Capital-Linz 09, Think Arts Kolkata, Serendipity Arts Foundation, CSMVS Mumbai and the Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes-Charleville-Mezeires, the Japan Foundation, New Delhi and the Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi.
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