Arts and Culture Travel Tholpavakoothu (Shadow puppetry) March 17, 2013 Tholpavakoothu (Shadow puppetry) | Trivandrum, Kerala, India Tholpavakoothu is a type of traditional shadow puppetry from Kerala dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. It is performed in Koothu Madam using leather puppets. 19.129686 72.815331 Share thisShare on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related #India#Kerala#Ritual#Thiruvananthapuram Post navigation ← Portrait from Maha Kumbh Mela Portrait of a man with turban from Kumbh Mela → 115 thoughts on “Tholpavakoothu (Shadow puppetry)” Comment navigation Newer Comments → Very interesting photo and subject. Reply ↓ Beautiful Lights ! Reply ↓ nice lighting.. and an interesting picture. Reply ↓ Awesome man. I hope you have a twitter handle. Reply ↓ So beautiful capture.Super Like. Reply ↓ Beautiful colours, great composition! Well done! Reply ↓ Very interesting subjet and a good light Reply ↓ beautiful capture, the play of light and shadows… Reply ↓ lovely interplay of light and shadow seeped in mythology and culture. Reply ↓ Great-Great-Great..!! Reply ↓ what a wondzerful image , awesome light ! :) Reply ↓ une belle lumiere Reply ↓ magic! Reply ↓ Very interesting , nice composition and light ! Reply ↓ good stuff. Reply ↓ true colours n lights of an oil lamp, the ambiance they set up for this show is amazing Reply ↓ Beautiful photos!! Reply ↓ nice theme, and i love the lighting Reply ↓ Marvelous image, well done! Reply ↓ Magical. Intriguing. Rare . Reply ↓ Very beautiful lights! Complimenti!;) Reply ↓ Fabulous light and composition. Reply ↓ Beautiful capture of the atmosphere behind the screen! Reply ↓ Love the warm colour and the light on his face ; ) Reply ↓ Terrific picture Joshi in all respects! Reply ↓ surreal shot!! Reply ↓ Soft lighting makes this photo magic. BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED! Reply ↓ Beautifully colored! Looks just amazing! Reply ↓ Nice! Reply ↓ Interesting backstage sneak-peek!! Reply ↓ Very good work, light is just beautiful ! Reply ↓ nice… loved the lights falling on the face.. Reply ↓ Nice light, a facsinating image.The lit lamps are a neat graphical element. Shadow puppetry is magical. I saw a Balinese shadow puppet troupe as a boy, I can still remember the figures… Reply ↓ Amazing! Reply ↓ Wonderful photograph and I like the warm light! Reply ↓ Beautiful art and a more beautiful capture! Reply ↓ A wonderful photo, Joshi. You certainly captured the atmosphere with the lighting. It’s interesting that so many cultures have used puppetry to tell their stories. I admire your work. Reply ↓ I think Kerala is home base for you, Joshi. You produce a lot of work from there. Reply ↓ Sometimes they play it at our temple, but by far not as beautiful as this! Love the light from the little candles and the beautiful puppets, great capture Joshi! Reply ↓ Awesome use of light… Brilliant composition… Reply ↓ I like the view from the other side! Reply ↓ Absolutely gorgeous! I love the subject and the quality of the photograph. A suggestion: You might want to consider giving us readers a quick summary when you come across hidden cultural gems such as these. Love that you chose this as your subject and wanting more .. :) Reply ↓ You always show traditions with many modesty , I like it , Phil Reply ↓ Excellent selection. Reply ↓ Thanks for sharing this Joshi. What interesting traditions and what a great photo. Do you have more photos from this series? Reply ↓ good subject working in light Reply ↓ This is wicked stuff. Looks so difficult, that too in that searing heat. Takes a lot of patience. Lovely click. Reply ↓ Cool image! Reply ↓ Lovely shades Travel India Reply ↓ super……… Reply ↓ Comment navigation Newer Comments → Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Basic HTML allowed.