Puppetry Art-form of Assam – Putola Nach
♦ The videos were produced in collaboration with UNICEF. The names of the videos had been COVID Shatru (enemy), COVID Bibharat (confusion). These two had been launched in Assamese. Mama ro Mina ko COVID Katha (COVID Tale of Mama and Mina) was released in the language of Nepal.
♦ Putola Nach: It is a normal string puppet theatre from Assam in North East India. The other forms of puppetry & shadow theatre have disappeared now. The Putola nach is additionally called putala bhaona. Usually, Putola Nach is used to perform scenes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. These dolls are 1.5 metres tall. These dolls are made up of hollow wood or bamboo. Their heads are made of terracotta. Musical Instruments used in performing the artwork are dhol, harmonium, kansi, double reed wind instrument and a bell steel plate beaten with a stick. There were three one-of-a-kind patterns of string puppetry in Assam. They were said to be Kalaigaon in Northern Assam, Barpeta-Nalbari in western Assam and Majuli “island” in eastern Assam.
♦ Tholpavakoothu: It is a shadow leather-based puppet play. In February 2021, it used to be animated by way of a robot. It is an exceptional instance of integration of Dravidian and Aryan cultures. It is additionally called Olakoothu and Nizhalkoothu. The Musical gadgets used in the artwork are Chenda, Ezhupara and Maddalam. The Chief puppeteer of the art is regarded as “Pulavan”.