Help revive rare tribal puppetry
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Contribute so 10 Santal youth can receive Chadar Badani training.
Traditionally performed during some Santal festivals, the Chadar Badani puppeteer, accompanied by song and music, would recreate as it were, a live performance by a group of dancing Santals. There have been attempts to revive this tradition, but the form remains rare. Development and globalisation have affected the cultural values of the Santals who struggle to sustain themselves, while their youth struggle to balance tradition and modernity.WHY PURULIA
Ten years ago, an attempt was made to teach a few youths Chadar Badani puppetry in the nearby district of Birbhum, but no such attempts have been made in Purulia, where a significant number of Santals live. Daricha Foundation have been working with the Santal community in Purulia for several years, and a number of youths have expressed a desire to learn and practice skills and traditions that they have lost over the generations.THE PLAN
Daricha Foundation will organise a 10-day workshop for 10 Santal youths from Purulia, who will be trained by Som Murmu, a Chadar Badani master craftsman with 40 years’ experience. The focus of the workshop will be on carving, fitting and manipulation of the puppets. The funds raised will go towards stipends, rent, food, lodging, raw materials and administrative costs.