Category Archives: Puppetry

“Chadar Badni often referred to as Chadar Badar is a unique form of puppetry that is practiced by just a few members of the Santal community. Practically extinct among the Santals themselves, it first came to the limelight around 1985, when cultural ethnographer Ravikant Dwivedi chanced upon it during a field trip to Dumka, in the Santhal Paraganas of Jharkhand. Since then, a few instances of it have also surfaced in West Bengal.” – Ratnaboli Bose, Daricha Foundation
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“There are two varieties of Santhali puppet in that area [near Dumka, in the Santhal Parganas of Jharkhand where ‘Chadar Badnis’ are still remaining]. One is known as ‘Chakav’, in which when the string is pulled there is a movement of lower lip, and another is known as ‘Thap’, a finger puppet. In one finger the head of the puppet is placed and in two fingers hands of puppet are placed. That puppet is covered with a small piece of cloth. ‘Chakav’ and ‘Thap’ are single puppet, but ‘Chadar Badni’ is a group puppet. […] ‘Karam Putul’, a kind of puppet of Munda tribe is seen in a village, near Bangla and Jharkhand borders. [It is yet unknown] whether Mundas have picked up this art form from the lower Hindu Section [or] Hindus have learnt it from the Mundas.” – Documentary filmmaker Sangita Datta (email 12 January 2014)
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Resources for the classroom: Learning from and about India’s tribal communities, their culture and knowledge systems

“[I]t is some of the basic values and ideology imbibed in the traditional tribal socio-cultural milieus that should have been emulated and promoted amongst the non-tribal mainstream, not, as has been going on, the other way round.” Source: ’Who Is … Continue reading

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Video | Santal Puppetry documented by Daricha Foundation: Chadar Badni (Chadar Badar) –  Jharkhand & West Bengal

Chadar Bad(o)ni is a form of traditional Santal puppetry, practised by just a few members of the community. Performance by Sahadev Kisku and his group. Chadar Badni often referred to as Chadar Badar is a unique form of puppetry that … Continue reading

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ePub | Free catalogue: Museum of Santal Culture (Bishnubati) – West Bengal

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Schools were a distant dream – Tamil Nadu Nomads Federation

It was nothing short of making the impossible possible. The bringing together of various groups of nomadic tribes like the Nari Koravars, Paliyars, Kaatu Naickers, Sholigars, astrologers, palmists, whip dancers, leather puppet showmen circus performers and many itinerant occupational category people … Continue reading

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“We are nothing without the forest, and the forest is nothing without us”: Kattunayakans in the Nilgiris, one of the last few remaining honey gathering communities of the world – Tamil Nadu

Living in the Nilgiris, the Kattunayakans are one of the last few remaining honey gathering communities of the world. Over many generations they have mastered the skills required to tap honey and they take great pride in their knowledge and … Continue reading

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