ScooNews organized a one of a kind webinar with Sangya Ojha, a Puppeteer from Mumbai. Sangya is the co-founder of The Puppetarians and has been a Puppeteer for Sesame Street India (also known as Galli Galli Sim Sim, on-air Cartoon Network and POGO) since its inception and has also played the character of Anchoo and Elmo—the famous international muppet characters. Interestingly, she has been trained under some well-known legends from the Puppet world like Martin P. Robinson, Charles Tuthill, Nyanga and Noel MacNeal.
Here are the excerpts from the conversation Sangya had with more than three thousand ScooNews educators from across India about Puppets, the art of Puppetry and the positive impact it can have on children and adults. The views expressed below are her own.
The art of Puppetry
Anything can be a puppet! Puppetry is not a one-way street, not just the puppeteer but the audience gets involved, too. Since the puppeteer only gives certain sounds and gestures to the puppet, it's actually the audience’s minds that are at work the whole time interpreting the story.
Everyone can be a Puppeteer
Puppetry does not need to be professional or one does not need to master the art to entertain themselves and the audience or maybe send a message. Puppetry has been integrated into our lives since childhood when children would play with their dolls or other playthings or just shadow puppets on the walls, it's inanimate coming to life.
For learning, puppets are very useful because when we are having fun, it becomes easier for us to retain the information. Even when we know that the puppet is not real, it is easy to invest oneself with it. Well, that’s the power of Puppetry.
Kinds of puppets
There are different kinds of puppets and Puppetry, for example, Finger Puppets, Shadow Puppets, Glove Puppet, String Puppet, Rod Puppets, Muppet Puppet, etc. Sock Puppets, amongst them, are very interesting and also easy to make and work with. They are a good way of getting introduced into Puppetry and performing for children. It does not take as much time to make Sock Puppets as other big ones and the technique of performing them is comparatively easier, too.
Making a Sock Puppet
Working a Puppet
Voicing a Puppet
Using puppets in schools
Enjoyed these playful learning tips from our favourite Puppeteer, Sangya Ojha? Share your reviews with us on email@example.com.
Those of you who could not catch the Live session, check out this link of ScooNews’s FB page - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1148012778879617.
Reach The Puppetarians, co-Founded by Sangya Ojha, at http://www.thepuppetarians.com/home.php
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