Puppet theatre presents Aladdin’s tale

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:30, Oct 09,2018 | Updated: 18:06, Oct 09,2018


Calcutta Puppet Theatre stages Aladdin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday. — Snigdha Zman

Kolkata-based troupe Calcutta Puppet Theatre staged a show based on the classic Arabian tale of Aladdin and his ginie of the lamp at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.

Ten puppets enacted different characters like Aladdin, princess, king, ginie and several other evil people for narrating the Arabian tale where the poor boy Aladdin with help of ginies becomes a king by overcoming conspiracies of the evil people and magicians.  

The two-hour show, directed by Padmashri-winning Indian puppeteer Suresh Dutta, was presented through the onstage movements of the puppets, background vocal narrations of puppeteers and music.

The show was staged as part of a five-day workshop on contemporary puppetry organised by the academy for popularising the performing art form among the contemporary urban audience.

Suresh Dutta will conduct the workshop in which five traditional puppeteers from different districts, theatre students of different universities and theatre activists from different troupes are participating.

Many visitors enjoyed the show staged on the opening day of the workshop.

A school teacher Dilruba Jahan Lina, who came to watch the show with her two kids, said her children enjoyed the show a lot. ‘The puppet shows can be a good source of entertainment for the urban children. The stories like the Aladdin’s tale can also teach the children about values, ethics and morality’, she said.

Narrating the reason behind selecting Aladdin for the show, Suresh Dutta says the story has diverse characters and also delivers a strong message of not being greedy and corrupt.

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