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The muppet man comes to India

He is a cabbage one moment, an elephant in the other ? Martin Robinson?s life is rather unusual. Monika Adlakha tells more.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 19:33 IST

One passion led to another. He began as an actor but evolved into a master muppeteer! Well by default, corrects Martin Robinson who has been with Sesame Street for 27 years.

For the uninitiated, puppetry and muppetry are different. The latter sees the actor in the costume of the character. Martin the muppeteer has essayed the most unusual characters in this time, from “animals to vegetables”! Talk about odd jobs.

Martin says he is “a lot like Telly, one of my favourite characters, as he’s intense and crazy like me.” Recently in town to train muppeteers for Sesame’s Indian production Galli Galli Sim Sim he says his unusual journey began as a

Martin Robinson with the Sesame Street unit.

puppeteer.

“I didn’t have any qualifications but my driving license became my big ticket as the job required a lot of touring!”

The road not taken: From there Martin was picked up by a guy from Sesame Street and he “never looked back,” he says.

Humour is the most important ingredient of the show but educating kids is equally vital, says Martin. “We believe kids are smart and deserve educational entertainment.” Martin has held training programmes in Mexico, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Russia, and Bangladesh.

Muppet love: Martin, who is on his third visit to India, is accompanied by Annie Evans, also of Sesame Street, whose plays have been staged at many theatres internationally. So what can lovers of the show expect in future? “We will soon introduce new characters to the show,” she says.