Children posse a power to such an extent that they can travel even beyond imagination. Rabindranath Tagore, in a writing, said ‘in our country childhood education system contains no delight for children’. Modern theories of learning has emphasized on ‘entertaining’ children first in order to educate them, believing that burden becomes light when cheerfully borne. All children have creative instinct and they want to express themselves in their own way through games, music, painting, drama and so on. A child has a magic eye to see various things in his own magical way. So, the creativity and originality of the child must be nurtured and enriched.

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Puppetry is such a performing art that almost all forms of arts and crafts have been combined init. It includes drawing, painting, modelling, sculpture as well as acting, singing, costume designing and every other form of dramaturgy. The more the children get exposed to the creative world, the more their own talents begin to get expressed. Puppetry is perhaps the oldest surviving art form of the world. The earliest mention of puppetry occurs in an ancient Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’ written in the ninth century B.C almost four thousand years ago. Puppet theatre in an old traditional art form of Bangladesh and once it was the spine of our village entertainment but now it is possibly the least developed in our country . It is a way of joy and learning for the children and adults also, but with advancement of technology, the practice of puppetry is very rare. And as well, the numbers of puppeteers are decreasing day by day.

C ourtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

C ourtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Since in our country there are not much institutions working on spreading the art form of puppetry, there is a need of such a complex which will help revive and promote the culture once again. Puppet theatre has tremendous merits which can develop and direct a child’s thought process. By designing a centre for puppetry, we can build a platform where Bangladesh puppet culture can flourish with lasting hope and effects.

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

It will give out innovative puppetry expressing and influencing the essence of patriotism, culture, traditions, ethics, environment and consciousness of social factors. In a city, like ours, where most schools have no playground, where children are hostage to just amusement parks and cartoons on televisions, we desperately need to provide a place for them. A place such that it can help them enhance their creativity and see a form of performance that will teach them about our culture, educating them in many ways.

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

The children centre which is an integral part of this project along with the theatre will contribute greatly to this objective. This project will not only contribute to save and culture an important art but will utilize the potentiality of this unique media, in making children’s programs, social issue programs and public awareness programs. This project will also have a training section to ensure the continuity and development of the unique art.

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

The basic idea was to create a form that gives a feeling of the puppet. Form that communicates with the people about puppetry. I started studying the features of the puppet that makes it recognizable to the audiences. The characteristics that makes the puppets recognizable to people of all ages is the mechanism on how it works. The most popular form of puppetry is marionette. The marionette is a puppet on strings, suspended from a control held by the puppeteer. Marionette presentations generally need to be raised, either by setting up on a platform, stage or rostra blocks, or by the use of a built-in feature of the puppet staging. Totally open-stage per forming, in which the puppeteer appears fully visible on stage with the marionettes, is used most frequently for cabaret and variety acts. It provides greater scope for movement and action than the more traditional forms of presentation.

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Courtesy of Md. Asad Hossen

Project Credits:

Project name: Centre for puppetry

My Name: Md. Asad Hossen

School name: BRAC University

Advisor: Ar. Mahmudunnobi, Ar, Shakil Ahmed Shimul, Ar. A.K.M Sirajuddin Raju

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