Putola Nach – UPSC Prelims

Putola Nach:
  • Putola Nach is string puppetry of Assam. ‘Putul’ is a word that describes both a doll and a puppet in Bengali while the word ‘Naach’ means Dance.
  • Types: The puppetry is performed in three areas i.e Lower Assam, Mauli Island and North Assam with each area having distinct characteristics.
  • Episodes: The puppetry includes the episodes of the Ramayana, as well as scenes from the Mahabharata.
  • Puppeteers also add dialogues or chants taken from bhaona (the local traditional theatre of Assam).
String Puppetry:
  • India has a rich and ancient tradition of string puppets also known as marionettes.
  • The puppets in this form have jointed limbs, controlled by strings allowing for more flexibility. This greater ability to control makes them the most articulate of all the puppets but also the most challenging.
Types of String Puppetry:
  • Kathputli – Rajasthan
  • Kundhei — Odisha
  • Gombeyatta — Karnataka
  • Bommalattam — Tamil Nadu

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