Performing Arts

 
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The string puppetry of Assam is called Putala Nach and is performed in three areas with distinct characteristics. In Lower Assam, the form is known as Putala-Bhoariya and influenced by the popular folk form Bhoariya. In some areas of Lower Assam, the puppetry is influenced by another folk form, Bhaona, and is also known as Putala-Bhaona. The 15th-century social reformer and saint-poet Sankaradev...
 
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This module introduces the tradition of Beni Putul or glove puppetry from West Bengal, through an interview and demonstration by master puppeteer Mr Basanta Kumar Ghorai. There are three popular traditional forms of puppetry in West Bengal: Dang (rod), Beni or Bene (glove) and Taar (string). Beni Putul is probably the oldest of the three forms. 
 
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Dharamvir Bharati's Andha Yug (1954) is a verse play from the narrative of the Mahabharata. The play is a selective elaboration of the aftermath of the 18-day war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Bharati specifies the time span of the play as extending from the 'evening of the 18th day of the Mahabharata war to the moment of the death of Krishna in the Prabhas tirtha.' Andha Yug best...

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