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  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Language: Hindi / Rajasthani / Hinglish

Skits without scripts with Maharajas and Maharanis

What you’ll do

  • Book personalized Live Experience with Papu Bhat.
  • Curation of the session based on the questions asked to the customer.
  • See yourself through the eyes of an artist or simply observe the genius at work.
  • Understand the intricate details and techniques of Kathputli / Puppetry.
  • Live demonstration of what goes into this elaborate process.
  • Learn different materials, techniques, and brushes used in making puppets.
  • What are the different colours used for the same?
  • Demonstration of how to make the puppets dance through control over strings
  • Artist also briefs you about from where you can procure the material and brushes for the art form.
  • Maximum 4 people can book an experience. In case if you are more in number than you can drop an email to us on contact@rajasthanstudio.com
  • Rajasthan Studio Team Member would be there to help you.

About the Artist

Papu Bhat has grown up selling stories with string puppets. Kathputli / Puppetry has been his bread all his life, and the family contributes to the making of puppets- right from shaping the mango wood into dolls, painting them and sewing their clothes.

Artist’s Inspiration

Kathputli / Puppetry has taken me to places I have been to, and these places I have been to, just because of this art. (translation)

Artist’s Awards

State Award – 2012

Artist’s Studio

Papu Bhat has been following puppetry generations after generations and has a working studio at his residence. The workshop is rustic and displays true colours of the royal city of Jaipur. The location is easily accessible and close to places of interest. It is perfect for foreign and Indian travellers, artists, art enthusiasts, students, designers, etc.

About Kathputli / Puppetry

A Kathputli in India is a puppet show, often resembling some type of human, animal or mythical figure that is animated by a human called a puppeteer. The puppeteer uses movements of her hands, arms, or control devices such as rods or strings to move the body, head, limbs, of the puppet. The puppeteer often speaks in the voice of the character of the puppet.

Group Size

Up to 4 people

Includes

Material needed for making puppets, tea and refreshments

Location

Reviews (7)

4.7 out of 5.0
Learning 5.0
Experience 4.9
Environment 4.4
Value for Money 4.6
  • Joyce
    25/12/2019 at 7:57 pm

    We had a breathtaking and immersive cultural session at Papu’s workshop. He gave us an introduction to the story, background and making of puppets that further increased our interest in creating puppets for our own. We were there for 2 hours which just flew like in a jiffy as the experience was so amazing. We painted the puppets, and we love how we experience art and artistry in the process with the family. We were lucky enough that we got an opportunity to play local instruments together. Elated day spent! Strongly recommended for people who want to experience local culture!

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  • Jane
    18/12/2019 at 4:58 pm

    I strongly recommend this puppetry experience hosted by Papu! He was a wonderful host, extremely knowledgeable about the art and a terrific storyteller. The puppet maker and his family who have been performing this art since a very young age were very friendly and welcoming. Besides painting the puppet, we were able to see different puppets, learned about the story of Dhola and Maaru and also tried to play traditional music that accompanies puppet shows. Thank you, Papu!

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  • Evelyn
    09/12/2019 at 3:55 pm

    Please do not miss this thrilling opportunity to experience this age-old cultural art form. I was really happy as it is a hands-on experience and you get to make your puppet, which you can take home. The history and stories narrated through the beautiful puppets that you make from a pile of mango wood. The opportunity to make puppets dance was just out of the world. The hospitality was excellent. Bhatt is a wonderful host and looks after you well.

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  • Brennan
    23/11/2019 at 2:29 pm

    Did two hours session of puppetry with Papu Bhatt and it was just fantastic. He’s a great host and I was in awe after seeing his energy. He ensured that everything goes off as well as it could. As for this tour to Jaipur in particular, the puppets experience was amazing, and you’re taking up a session which is personally organized for us by the puppeteer and his family. Thanks for such a wonderful experience!

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  • Susan
    17/11/2019 at 6:26 pm

    Wonderful Puppetry live experience in Jaipur! Learned and experienced so much! Great skills and amazing hospitality!

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  • Robert
    16/11/2019 at 3:31 pm

    This was a once in a lifetime experience with Bhatt – he has an expert command in his craft, and displayed amazing puppetry skills. You could certainly sense a glimpse of how this royal state created their astonishing puppets and appreciate the dedication, skills and craftsmanship associated with it. It was enlightening to learn all of the various techniques he showed us, from making puppets from wood, painting, polishing and also make them dance. I would highly recommend this experience.

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  • Erika
    29/09/2019 at 6:28 pm

    By far one of the best puppetry experiences we had in our life. Papu is not only a skilled artist but an exceptional host. He went all out to bring us closer to the world of the puppets. We went to his home were warmly received by his family. The highlight of the experience was when we got to make puppets dance with a lot of help from him. Overall, we had a more authentic and personalized way of exploring the city and got to see how the production and execution of puppets are done that changed our perspective and gave us a greater appreciation for the art and tradition.

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