Tholu bommalata is the shadow puppet theatre tradition of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Its performers are part of a group of wandering entertainers and peddlers who pass through villages during the course of a year and offer to sing ballads, tell fortunes, sell amulets, perform acrobatics, charm snakes, weave fishnets, tattoo local people and mend pots. This ancient custom, which for centuries before radio, movies, and television provided knowledge of Hindu epics and local folk tales, not to mention news, spread to the most remote corners of the subcontinent. Tholu bommalata literally means "the dance of leather puppets" (tholu – "leather" and bommalata – "puppet dance").

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  • Le Tholu Bommalata (qui signifierait la danse des poupées de cuir) est un théâtre d'ombres spécifique à l'État de l'Andhra Pradesh en Inde. Il met en scène des épopées hindoues telles que le Râmâyana et le Mahâbhârata. (fr)
  • Tholu bommalata is the shadow puppet theatre tradition of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Its performers are part of a group of wandering entertainers and peddlers who pass through villages during the course of a year and offer to sing ballads, tell fortunes, sell amulets, perform acrobatics, charm snakes, weave fishnets, tattoo local people and mend pots. This ancient custom, which for centuries before radio, movies, and television provided knowledge of Hindu epics and local folk tales, not to mention news, spread to the most remote corners of the subcontinent. Tholu bommalata literally means "the dance of leather puppets" (tholu – "leather" and bommalata – "puppet dance"). The puppeteers comprise some of the various entertainers who perform all night and usually reenact various stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. (en)
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  • Le Tholu Bommalata (qui signifierait la danse des poupées de cuir) est un théâtre d'ombres spécifique à l'État de l'Andhra Pradesh en Inde. Il met en scène des épopées hindoues telles que le Râmâyana et le Mahâbhârata. (fr)
  • Tholu bommalata is the shadow puppet theatre tradition of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Its performers are part of a group of wandering entertainers and peddlers who pass through villages during the course of a year and offer to sing ballads, tell fortunes, sell amulets, perform acrobatics, charm snakes, weave fishnets, tattoo local people and mend pots. This ancient custom, which for centuries before radio, movies, and television provided knowledge of Hindu epics and local folk tales, not to mention news, spread to the most remote corners of the subcontinent. Tholu bommalata literally means "the dance of leather puppets" (tholu – "leather" and bommalata – "puppet dance"). (en)
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  • Tholu Bommalata (fr)
  • Tholu bommalata (en)
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