The theatrical puppet performances that captivate the audience with fascinating plots used to be a form of traditional entertainment in Sri Lanka. However, traditional puppetry now clings to their last refuge in the island’s south coast. With almost life-sized marionettes dressed in vibrant clothing, local puppetry performances are a fascinating spectacle to behold.
Meet your host, a 4th generation puppeteer who is trying to revive the fading art of puppetry by adding a contemporary twist to make the traditional puppet performances all the more interesting. Visit a puppet art museum with your host and learn about Sri Lanka’s puppetry that traces its roots back to the 12th century. Discover popular puppet characters as your host regales you with tales about his great grandfather’s puppet shows in old Ceylon. Finally, enjoy an entertaining puppet show lined up with three acts performed to the beats of traditional Sri Lankan music. You can also take a chance to pull some strings and learn the art of manipulating a puppet from a professional puppeteer.