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Leather shadow puppetry of Andhra Pradesh is known as Tholu Bommalata, (Tholu – leather, Bommalata – puppet dance).

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  • 1. Shadow puppetryof andra pradesh

2. The Legend The origins of shadow puppets in India are attributed to the gods, and the plays usually take place outside of temples to Shiva, who is the patron god of puppets. Legends say that Shiva and his goddess wife Parvati one day visited the shop of a toymaker who had created some wooden dolls with jointed limbs. Parvati, enchanted by the dolls, asked Shiva to let spirits enter the dolls so that they could dance. The toymaker, watching this from behind a screen, saw only shadows and got the idea to create shadow puppets. 3. As early as the twelfthcentury, the art ofpuppetry flourished inAndhra Pradesh,narrating stories ofdivinity, sometimestaking the divinedimensions itself. 4. Leather Puppetry Leather shadow puppetry of Andhra Pradesh is known as Tholu Bommalata, (Tholu leather, Bommalata puppet dance). Two other kinds of shadow puppetry are practiced in Andhra Pradesh, the Sutram Bommalata (String puppets) and the Koyya Bommalata (Wooden puppets). The leather puppets, because of their transparency and jewel like glow, are most popular. 5. Craftsman V. Shankar(Nimmalakunta,Andhra PradeshA LeatherPuppet Shop 6. The leather puppet, which wastraditionally crafted from deer skin,is made from goat hide now. in the painting of leather too,chemical colours are replacingnatural ones. these puppets have a brilliantperforated designs drawn on thecharacters to depict jewellery 7. Main characteristics: The sizes of the main characters range from 4 x 1 to 6 x2. Bright electrical lighting has replaced mild earthen lamps butthe magical glow of the characters and their phantasmagoricalnarratives still transport the audience to the surreal world ofdivine sagas. 8. The Screen 9. A Typical Village Theatre 10. Behind The Curtain 11. The Show 12. Musical instruments The musical instruments consists of a harmonium a portable keyboard organ that sometimes serves only as a drone a long, two-headed South Indian drum with tapering ends(mrdangam) strings of bells worn on the ankles and wrists; and pairs of fingercymbals. 13. Different Leather Puppets 14. Shadow Puppetry in the Village Fair 15. AESTHETICS OF SHADOW PUPPETRY The art form has its own unique style intricate design details, holesmade to let the light pass and give a glowing jewelry effect. The shadow looks very aesthetically appealing through the translucentbackground. The epics shown this way is fascinating to see and enjoy for all agegroups.