Egyptian puppet troupe participates in New Delhi festival

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Feb 2016

Egypt's Kayan Marionette puppet theatre troupe is representing Egypt at India's 14th Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival

Ishara Festival
(Photo: Fragment from the festival's poster)

The Egyptian independent puppet theatre troupe Kayan Marionette are in New Delhi to participate in the 14th Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival.

This year's round opened 5 February and runs until 14 February, with troupes from India, Iran, the US, Afghanistan, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland also scheduled to deliver puppet theatre performances.

Kamilya Sobhy, head of foreign cultural relations at Egypt's Ministry of Culture, said that Kayan’s participation came in response to an invitation the ministry received from the Ishara festival, in the context of cultural exchange between the two countries.  

At the festival, Kayan Marionette will present a puppet theatre performance titled ‘Khayalat’ (Imaginations), directed by Mohamed Fawzy with the participation of artists Sayed Rostom, Mohamed Shabrawy, Ahmed Yehia and Mohamed Mabrouk.

According to the festival's official website, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival "is the most popular festival of puppetry in India, bringing puppeteers, artists and performers from all corners of the world together to celebrate storytelling through the puppetry arts."

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