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Wizard of Oz comes to India

Meet the iconic characters from the Wizard of Oz in their Indian avatar at a puppet show that takes place today.

entertainment Updated: Dec 22, 2011 03:04 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

Step into the land of Oz this weekend. A team of ten puppeteers from the Delhi-based group Puppet Studio have come together to bring to life the iconic characters created by L Frank Baum in his classic children’s novel, The Wizard of Oz.

“After working on a television puppet show Galli Galli Sim Sim for six years, we wanted to perform on stage and experience the thrill of interacting live with the audience,” says Manish Sachdeva, founder, Puppet Studio.

The play uses two kinds of puppetry traditional Dumkaroo puppets, where characters are made of thermocol and animated with rods. Contemporary glove puppetry has also been incorporated into the story telling.

Actors lip sync and use modulation to bring to life the American fantasy, which has been adapted for Indian audience. A medley of 10 songs has been made to take you through different moods and scenes.

The songs have been written by Amit Gupta, 25, a software engineer, while city based band, The Outliner, has set them to peppy jazz tunes.

Talking about why the makers chose Oz as their first play, actor Ghazal Javed says, “It’s a universal story about finding your path and friends through their journey.”

Javed plays the role of the iconic character Dorothy, who’s been renamed Dolly in her Indian avatar. “After the play, the audience will be invited to interact with the cast,” says Sachdeva.

What: The Wizard of OZ
When: December 22
Timing: 6.30pm
For passes contact: 9810498183
Where: Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodhi Road
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line

First Published: Dec 21, 2011 18:15 IST