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Performed by wandering peddlers in Andhra's villages, the ancient art of 'Tholu Bommalata' literally translates to "the dance of leather puppets". (1/5)
In #AndhraPradesh, puppets are fashioned out of translucent, coloured leather for the ancient art of tholu bommalata (the dance of leather dolls). (2/5)
Manipulated from behind with two sticks, these puppets are projected on a small screen. Earthen lamps are arranged so that the size, position, and angle of the puppets change with the distance of the light. (3/5)
Tholu Bommalata performances often weave bits of popular culture and current affairs into the traditional narrative to keep things fresh.

And to account for shortened attention spans, shows that once went on for 18 nights are now condensed to an hour. (4/5)
Bright electrical lighting has replaced flickering earthen lamps but the magical glow of the characters and their fantastical narratives still have the power to transport the audience. (5/5)

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