Shadow Puppetry (Tholpavakooth)

This is an old traditional art form from Kerala, featuring the technique of shadow puppetry. It involves intricate puppets made of leather maneuvered by clever use of strings and shadow images are cast on a screen with light illuminated behind it. Puppets represent characters from Indian epics like Ramayana or Mahabharata.

Performance narrate ancient stories accompanied by music and vocal recitation, portraying Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.Note: Please see attached video for a visual treat of shadow puppetry.

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