Tholpavakoothu (Shadow puppetry)

Tholpavakoothu (Shadow puppetry) performance at Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan in Trivandrum, Kerala
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.

115 Replies to “Tholpavakoothu (Shadow puppetry)”

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 .. :)

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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.

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