Katkatha is an amalgam of two Hindi words. Kat means wood and is derived from the word Katputli (puppetry). Katha means story and together they become puppets and stories. Katkatha focuses on presenting visual narratives with objects and puppets.
The question of What is Puppet Theatre guides our journey.
From bits of fabric,
to styrofoam figures,
to papier mache sculptures,
to Shakespearean comedies,
to the Indian epics,
and the stories in conflict zones, in self help groups run by women, in prisons and in the worlds of little children
These are all a part of our work
Katkatha started as an association of like-minded puppeteers in 1998. The group was formed with the support of The Foundation for Responsibility of HH Dalai Lama in New Delhi.
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