Puppetry and peace - Past event
Anurupa Roy, Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust
Anurupa Roy, a puppeteer, puppet theatre director and puppet designer will speak about puppet theatre in an applied format in social development, wellbeing, and advocacy. For this seminar, her focus will be the use of puppetry in conflict zones with examples from her work in Kashmir. The seminar will be jointly hosted by Cambridge Peace Education Research Group (CPERG) and Cambridge University South Asian Arts Society (CUSAAS).
Ms Roy is the founder of The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust: https://www.katkatha.org/
About the speaker
Anurupa is the Founder and Managing Trustee of The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, a puppet theatre group based in Delhi, India since 1998. Anurupa uses puppets to create visual narratives, works with communities to represent their own stories, this includes conflict zones like Kashmir. She is committed to the training of a future generation of professional puppeteers and facilitates regular workshops, organises masterclasses and in 2018 co-founded the Foundation Program the first professional puppet training program in India, under the ages of UNIMA, the puppeteer’s union. She has a Diploma in Puppet theatre from DI (Dramatiska Institutet for Film, T.V., Drama and Radio) at The University of Stockholm, SWEDEN and has been trained in traditional glove puppetry, from La Scoula Della Guaratelle (School of Traditional Glove puppetry) in Naples, Italy under Bruno Leone in 2002. She has been a Researcher in Residence-2011-Deutches Forum DFP in Bochum, Germany and at Institute International de la Marionette Charleville-Mezeires in France. She has been a Pro Helvetia Artists at Residence at Rote Fabrik in Zurich and guest faculty at World Arts and Cultures at UCLA in Los Angeles, USA. She is a CLORE Chevening Fellow for the year 2022-23. She has directed performances for Katkatha, TIE Company National School of Drama and Jana Natya Manch. She is a recipient of the Ustad Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007, National award for contribution to puppet theatre by the Ministry of Culture. She is currently the trustee of UNIMA India, the Indian chapter of the Union Internationale de la Marionette and a part of the UNIMA International training commission.
In anticipation of the event, you can watch some snippets of Anurupa's and Katkatha's shows below: