Making Puppets Dance To Their Tunes!

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Back in December 2016, Alliance Française de Delhi and the cultural organisation Kalasetu had launched a unique initiative in the form of an ongoing series of musical meetings called in[Chorus]. The goal of the same was to promote traditional South Asian Performing Arts by providing a platform to musicians of all genres from India and France. The third in[Chorus] session of 2018 was a unique Indo-French musical puppet show entitled Puppet Swing which regaled audiences in Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Pune.

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(L to R) Dhruv Bedi, Sabrina Arusam, and Saptak Sharma

Puppet Swing brought together an eclectic group of artists – Sabrina Anastasio Arusam (French puppeteer and comedian) along with Hindustani music proponents Dhruv Bedi (sitar) and the percussionist Saptak Sharma (tabla). The production used minimal dialogues suffused with Indian cultural references to tell the story of Raymond – an old French man visiting the subcontinent. Through the narrative, Sabrina explored the linkages and connections between the puppet traditions of two countries.

A performance of 'Puppet Swing' in progress

A performance of ‘Puppet Swing’ in progress

Sabrina has trained under prominent names like Greta Bruggman and Sylvie Osman (Arketal Company) in France. She developed a strong interest in the traditional art forms of India after attending a Kathputli masterclass in Udaipur with Lala Bhaat in 2011. Dhruv Bedi is widely considered as the current generation’s most promising sitar player and has performed both in India and internationally. Saptak Sharma is an upcoming tabla exponent of the famous Ajrada tradition. With a curious combination of soothing ragas and astute observations drawn from Sabrina’s travels, Puppet Swing had audiences in splits and gave them a taste of how traditional art forms from widely different contexts could work in seamless harmony to tell contemporary stories!

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...