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Kathputli Dance

This `art of string` dance form is acclaimed world wide and is popularly called the puppetry dance. The dancers personify the puppets and imitate them as they are tied by a string, which is manoeuvred and controlled by a puppeteer who remains out of sight but keeps the reigns tight. They move about in slow-motion and keep their bodies stiff to bring alive the wooden effect of a puppet carved out from wood.

Enacting their roles with grace and charm, the dancers portray ancient mythological legends and heroic tales of the heroes of the bygone era. They also take up contemporary social issues and suggest ways and means to solve them. The Bhati community of Rajasthan practised it. It has now reached new heights of stellar dance performances, displaying various skills like sword-fighting, horse-riding, juggling, acrobatics and interaction with animal puppets.