Kathputli is native art form to Rajasthan and is the most popular and oldest form of Indian puppetry. The word Kathputli is the join of two words Kath means wood and Putli means doll without life. Some believes that Kathputli art tradition is more than thousands years old. it is truly rajasthan’s amazing kathputli which made
India is one of the first countries to invent its traditional puppetry . The local tribes of Rajasthan have been performing this art from the ancient eras and it has become an eternal and exclusive part of Rajasthani culture and tradition. Wheather it be the Village fair, religious festival or social gathering the function cannot be completed without the Kathputlis.
“It is believed that somewhere 1500 years ago, tribal Rajasthani Bhat community started the use of Kathputli as string marionette art and it is in their love for tradition that art of Kathputli survived the test of time. “
Rehearsed by artists and particularly the bhat community of Rajasthan, puppetry is a necessary part of Rajasthani life style. These hand tailored puppets are not simply a doll or a toy but are a way to send a message to the masses through captivating story telling. The puppets are hand crafted with some fabric and pure wood which is also called kath. And the wooden faces of these puppets is coloured as per the characters they play in a specific enactment. Generally they are painted in yellow shade with their hands are loaded down with clothes, cotton and fabric pieces.
For moving, strings are appended to their heads. Without any joints in hands and without any leg, these puppets move to the tunes of puppeteers. Their nonappearance of legs is not felt as they wear delightful Rajasthani outfits.Nowadays, you can find handcrafted puppets that you can adorn in your home and can give a traditional rajasthani look in your home.