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People’s Puppet Project, Pondicherry – Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is the workshop all about?

The ‘People’s Puppet Project’ workshop aims to raise awareness towards Pondicherry’s unique Franco-Tamil architectural and cultural heritage, through an innovative combination of puppetry and street theatre.

The workshop will aim to reconnect local community with their town’s heritage. It will also provide participants an opportunity to learn new artistic and technical skills, exposure to new creative art and performance mediums, and collaboration with international artists. The workshop will demonstrate how different artistic elements come together to produce dynamic productions – themes and stories, dialogue, music and dance, to create a complete performance.

Professional artists from Snuff Puppets will facilitate this hands-on puppet making and performance workshop. Participants will develop ideas for a street performance based on the theme of heritage conservation, creating storylines and puppet characters. Participants will work alongside Snuff Puppets to build their own larger-than-life puppets, learn how to activate them, and rehearse for the performance. The workshop will culminate in public performances at prime locations in Pondicherry.


  1. Develop awareness and sensitivity towards Pondicherry’s architectural heritage and the need for heritage conservation
  2. Develop appreciation towards local art and performance forms
  3. Exposure for Pondicherry citizens and local artists to international art and performance

2. What is the workshop methodology?

PART 1: Building Ideas

We begin working with a group of participants to imagine and design spectacular puppets over a period of two weeks. All participants feed into the narrative and image flow of the project and from this we begin building the puppets based on our collective ideas. Snuff Puppets’ artistic experience and creative expertise enables us to encourage participants to realise their ideas as puppets and through expressive performance.

PART 2: Performance Making

With the appropriate level of facilitation required for the group, we work with participants to devise a narrative and style for a performance and rehearse the piece. Our musical director then steps in, working with the group to design an original soundtrack to accompany choreography of the piece.

PART 3: Performance

All of the elements come together: puppets, narrative and music. They may be presented as a one-off event at a festival or parade, or as a season of performances. By combining the elements of puppetry, live music, visual and physical theatre, we create an inclusive and collaborative performance mode that engages both the participants and the audiences across all cultures and social groups.

3. What are the expected outcomes of the workshop?

The outcome of the workshop is not pre-determined. Participants generally drive the direction of what the characters and stories are about. One definite outcome though, is a giant puppet performance, in the form of a parade, short show, outdoor roving puppet act, or a combination of all three.

4. What happens after the workshop?

Indianostrum Theatre will be custodians of the puppets, and will encourage their continued use for repeat public performances at various locations in the region through 2015.

5. What is the workshop schedule?

15 Dec Workshop start, Welcome evening
16 – 19 Dec Full day workshop (9:00am – 6:00pm)
20-21 Dec Weekend off
22 – 24 Dec Full day workshop (9:00am – 6:00pm)
25 Dec Day off
26 – 27 Dec Public performances in Pondicherry
28 Dec Public performance at Dakshinachitra, Chennai, Farewell dinner

6. Who can participate in the workshop?

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in art, culture, and performance. The participants’ age group can range from 13 years upwards. Artists and theatre professionals, and crafts persons are encouraged to participate.

7. How many can participate?

The maximum number of participants will be capped at 20.

8. How does one participate in the workshop?

To participate in the workshop, you will need to first register by filling out this form here: http://tinyurl.com/ppp-pondy  

Once you have registered, you will receive details on how to pay the registration fees. You are all set to be part of the workshop after we have received your payment. Kindly please register ONLY if you will be present for the entire duration of the workshop.

9. What are the workshop registration fees?

Early bird registrations: Until 3 Dec 2014 Rs. 7500/-
Regular registrations: Until 13 Dec 2014 Rs. 10,000/-

10. How to pay registration fees?

Details on how to make payment will be sent via email post registration

11. What does the workshop registration fee cover?

  1. Workshop fees
  2. Daily catering – Breakfast, lunch, and evening tea & snacks
  3. Puppet building material
  4. Venue and transportation costs
  5. Public Performance – lighting, sound, and other logistics

12. What is not covered by the workshop registration fees?

  1. Local accommodation
  2. Local daily transportation
  3. Daily dinner

13. Where will participants stay?

Participants have to make their own stay arrangements in Pondicherry. On request, we can help you find reasonably priced accommodation close to the workshop venue.

14. Who are the project collaborators?

You can find complete information about us on our respective websites.

Indianostrum Theatre

INTACH Pondicherry

Snuff Puppets

Urban Design Collective

15. Contact details for all queries

For all questions, clarifications regarding registration fees, food, accommodation, workshop details etc., please contact Devangi Ramakrishnan at

Email: devangi.ramakrishnan@gmail.com or at urbandesigncollective@gmail.com

Tel: + 91 9786700408


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