What is Katputhli?
Kathputli means Puppets ,where kaath refers to wood and putli implies a doll thus the name of a wooden puppet. It is made entirely from wood is usually two feet in height with a wooden head, big eyes and a large nose. It is attached with a metal wire which acts as string.
Source of Entertainment
Agricultural labourers or the Bhats practice the art of puppetry in Rajasthan, which is a popular tourist attraction in the sSate. Also known as the “kathputliwalas” or puppeteers, they create magical puppet shows during the late evenings. Above all, it is a great form of entertainment.
As a matter of fact, for the performance, a miniature stage is created using a cot which is laid by length. The cots are covered with sheets to hide the puppeteer from the view of spectators. The puppets are moved around using strings attached to each of them.
Finally, featuring a unique theme, the puppet show is generally announced by loud beats on the dhol (drum). The show is made quite lively by hooting and whistling by the puppeteers.
The film, Sound of Music, made the puppets and puppet shows famous.
Available at Jaipur:-Johari Bazar, Rajasthali, Tokree
Available at Delhi:-Kamala, Central Cottage Industries, Dilli Haat