Tholu Bommalata

  • 17th January, 2023
  • Tholu Bommalata is the traditional shadow puppetry art of Andhra Pradesh. This form of art originated during the Satavahana period in 200 BCE.
  • These puppets made of leather are painted with locally made natural dyes according to the nature of the roles.
  • In the year 2008, the village Nimmalkunta of Andhra Pradesh was awarded Geographical Indication for this puppetry.
  • Shadow puppetry has been used for centuries to spread awareness regarding social and moral values through the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata.


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