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 thisClick to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Share 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 ! 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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! 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Reply ↓ wow !! awesome effects of ligh andshadow Reply ↓ I love this shot, it’s so intriguing to see it from the puppeteers side. It makes me want to travel and experience new things again. Reply ↓ looks like a perilous job.. not for someone with a beard i suppose.. :) nice catch! Reply ↓ An excellent photographs. I know capturing shadow puppet shows can be really difficult, but you did a great job.Lots of ambiance and beauty in the image. Reply ↓ Thank you for promoting my post and thank you for introducing me to ur world that feels like magic. :) Reply ↓ Very beautiful shot. You captured the feel of the moment really well. Reply ↓ Wonderful photography Joshi! with insight into the culture of the south :) Awesome and Voted too :) Reply ↓ All of your photos are absolutely stunning Joshi. I’d love to reblog almost all of them, but they’re not big enough to fit my format!! Reply ↓ What a wonderful glow! Reply ↓ Very atmospheric shot. Excellent! Reply ↓ fabulous shot Joshi Reply ↓ lovely light here :) Reply ↓ great shot as always … Reply ↓ lovely use of lights. Reply ↓ Lovely, Joshi! The light and detail are beautiful. Reply ↓ That’s a beautiful beautiful shot. It’s amazing how you present the ethnic India in your shots. Reply ↓ Love the dramatic look here. Reply ↓ An ideal tourism-advertising photo for India, joshi. You’re really getting very good with the low-light photography! Liked. Reply ↓ good one :) Reply ↓ Great work Joshi !! Reply ↓ Nice light and colors! Reply ↓ Very cool – love the behind the scenes view. Reply ↓ Thanks for view and posting our art form THOLPAVAKOOTHU Shadow puppet play of kerala …for more details go through..on facebook https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=185518354905849&refid=46 Reply ↓ Great shot, very atmospheric. Feels warm, can almost smell the lamps and scene. Reply ↓ Wonderful light and atmosphere : ) Reply ↓ this is a cracking shot. thank you for presenting this to all Reply ↓ Great! Reply ↓ Nice shot. Beautiful lightning! Reply ↓ I just love the way how this photo is lit by just ‘Diya’s. Superb. Reply ↓ What a light over this scene, very intimate. Nicely done! Have a nice day. Reply ↓ Now this is the perfect usage of lighting…beautiful. Reply ↓ Amazing shot ! love the lights ! Reply ↓ We lave leather puppet too in Indonesia… ^__^ iT is a beautiful picture… I love the light and the contents inside… deep, rich of cultures… Amazing photo. 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. 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