Print edition : April 18, 2014

Kathputli Colony derives its name from the puppeteers who first settled there around 60 years ago. Today it has artists, artisans, sculptors, daily-wage labourers, construction workers and safai karmacharis. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

An artist residing in Kathputli Colony at the cultural exhibition to protest against the Delhi Development Authority's move to demolish the slum and "develop" it. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

A slum populated mostly by artists, Kathputli Colony is a colourful place. Most residents move around in their traditional attire, and children pick up their family’s traditional art form at an early age. One can see children as young as five years playing drums or the shehnai, trying their hands at making sculptures, or working on puppets. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

Residents of Kathputli Colony protest against the Delhi Development Authority’s plans to demolish their slum and “develop” it with the help of a prominent construction company.
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