Open through July 15th in the Dean DuBose Smith Special Exhibits Gallery

Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls

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Indian Puppets celebrate the cultural range of India by exploring the diversity of puppetry techniques and genres across the subcontinent. Learn how puppetry has been used in India for over a millennium as an important storytelling tool, while seeing both traditional and contemporary pieces.

This special exhibit is included with Museum admission.


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Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19 @ 5:30pm

To celebrate the opening of the Special Exhibit, Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls, the Center is hosting a performance of Kalyana Sougandhikam by Natana Kairali of Kerala, India. This story based on a story from the Mahabharata and is performed using Pavakathakali, a form of traditional glove puppetry. The performances are FREE with your admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Seats to the performance are limited and reservations will be required. Limit 4 per order. For more information call our Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391.

Saturday, January 20 - Celebration of India Family Day

Come celebrate the puppetry and culture of India! Special activities for the day include readings of The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk and a book signing with author Sue Sehgal, puppet building activities, yoga, Indian cultural performances, and more. 

Saturday, February 3 @ 8pm – Screening of Tomorrow We Disappear

This documentary is about Kathputli, India’s colony of artists, magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers, as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction. After the screening, enjoy a talkback with one of the film’s directors. Films are FREE for Members. Click on the link above to purchase tickets. 

Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 7pm – Puppetry of India Lecture

Learn about the puppetry of India during this lecture with Dr. Kathy Foley and Karen Smith, curators of Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls. Click on the link about for more information and to purchase tickets.