Shoranur (Palakkad): A 40-minute performance of traditional shadow puppetry dealing with the milestones in the history of India’s space research will be staged by a troupe led by Rajeev Pulavar to celebrate the success of India’s latest moon mission, Chandrayaan-3.
The troupe, based at Kunathara, near Shoranur, has received the invitation to stage the puppet show from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The event is scheduled to take place at an ISRO facility in Thiruvananthapuram. ISRO said the date will be announced later. Arrangements would be made to view the programme live globally.
The puppetry performance would involve around 40 puppets, starting from Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of ISRO. Others who will be depicted as puppets include A P J Abdul Kalam who initially travelled on a bicycle at ISRO and later gave wings to India’s space ambitions; Mahatma Gandhi; Jawaharlal Nehru and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Events such as the launch of India’s first satellite Aryabhatta will also be part of the puppet show.
The artistes behind the show are Rajeev Pulavar, P Prasobh, S Adithyan, R Vijayakrishnan, Aswathy, Arun, Sreelal and M Manoj. The Hindi lyrics for the show have been penned by Sonal Singh. Choreography is by Mumbai Prajith.