Anupama Hoskere gives us a fresh insight into the art and craft of puppetry.
Maverick is what best describes Anupama Hoskere, the master puppeteer. Full of verve and confidence, her puppets exude credence and charm in equal measure. Of course, they are wooden, but no critic can pan their performance. A post-graduate in engineering from Cal State University, US, Hoskere is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and skilled in traditional puppetry of Karnataka and in Marionette Construction and Design from the Czech Republic. Wedded to the cause of preserving and popularising puppetry in India, Hoskere co-founded Dhaatu, a cultural organisation based in Bengaluru. Today Dhaatu boasts of 20 full-length productions, puppet gallery, and store, Dhaatu puppet paathashala, well appreciated and attended festivals like Dhaatu Navaratra Mahotsava (24th year) and Dhaatu International Puppet Festival (11th year).
Conferred with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2018 recently, the recognition has further strengthened Hoskere’s resolve to bring Indian puppetry back to its full glory and open it up to all those who want to learn. She is currently on a 20-city tour of the US, with her latest production Mahakavi Kalidasa's “Malavikagnimitram”, with dancer Divya Hoskere as Malavika and the rest of the 20 characters as puppets.
Here the artist talks about the history of puppetry and her craft.
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