Folk arts in peril

Shadow play

Print edition : May 31, 2013

Ammapet Ganesan performing leather shadow puppetry show at a marriage function in Erode district, Tamil Nadu. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

At a therukoothu in Neruppur village in Dharmapuri district.

Chennakrishnan and his troupe performing a string puppet show at Pechanam village in Salem district.

To adapt to changing tastes or not. That is the dilemma facing Tamil Nadu’s folk theatre as television and cinema are edging it out even in its traditional strongholds, the villages.

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