Author: Jiwan Pani
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Puppets arouse in me two kinds of feelings. When they behave like human beings, they seem to be mocking at me. They exaggerate my shortcomings, trampling on which they go on capering in a Falstaffian way and make me laugh unknowingly at my own foolishness. When however they behave as themselves, they look mysterious. As if they were beings of another world who sweetly persuade me to come crawling to theirs. And when I am there, their world looks like a multi-coloured small ball, extremely fascinating and entirely manageable. I feel great, enriched by the opening of the doors of other planes of reality and of other levels of experience.
Although I had the idea that puppets can take drama to great heights, it was not until 1980 when I attended the World Congress of UNIMA at Washington, that I came to know that puppet theatre can have such an amazing range and variety. Some of the puppet shows presented at the Congress had such aesthetic appeal that they were in no way less than any human theatre of high caliber. They helped reinforce my fascination for puppets.
Contemporary Puppet Theatre