With an aim to promote puppetry and bring in class acts from world over, the annual Ishara International Puppet Festival (IIPF) is back in the Capital. In its 11th edition, the festival this time will host performers from India, Spain, Italy, Israel, Bulgaria, Portugal and Iran. Dadi Pudumjee, founder, IIPF says, “There are many puppet groups who are doing very good work but they don’t have the right direction. We aspire to provide such Indian and international puppeteers a platform to showcase their creativity.”
The festival focuses on both traditional and contemporary work from India and abroad, and is seen as an established platform for other multimedia arts in India with modern and traditional forms, ranging from rod, string and shadow puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more.
Petar Todorov, Bulgarian director of the act Garbage of Plums, says, “This performance is based on a very popular and funny traditional Bulgaria fairytale, full of humour and self irony, which is very typical of Bulgarian folklore. We love to joke and laugh about ourselves. We decided to transmit the traditional Bulgarian value system to our audience.”
Another director, Alejandra Prieto from Spain, whose act is called Bernarda’s Backstage uses audio video projections. “Video technology has always been one of the main focus in our performances. The challenge for the projections (and projectionist) is to be
part of the atmosphere on stage, manipulating the video projection as another puppetry element,” he says.
SRCC keeping up with the string act
Sri Ram College of Commerce recently organised Sutradhar, a puppet festival. It was aimed at the revival of various forms of puppetry, getting the younth to appreciate this art form, which is on the verge of extinction. The performances included traditional string puppetry from Rajasthan — Kathputli, shadow from Orissa — Ravanchhaya and glove puppetry — Benir Putul from West Bengal. Each performance began with a lecture demonstration on the art form.