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Art Alert: Renowned puppet show to close Egypt's India by the Nile festival

The Images of Truth puppet show will be performed by New Delhi's Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Apr 2017
Ishara Puppet theatre (Photo: courtesy of the Embassy of India in Cairo)

The ongoing India by the Nile festival will close with a puppet theatre performance titled The Images of Truth, to be staged in Alexandria on 25 April and Cairo on 27 April. The Images of Truth (Satya ke Pratiroop) is produced by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust in India.

Deemed groundbreaking and subversive at the time of its debut, the puppet play was commissioned in 1993 by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a leading government-funded arts organisation in New Delhi.

According to India by the Nile's official website, the trailblazing show continues to mould theatre practices today in India by offering an alternative to mainstream theatre.

In line with Ishara's commitment to creating socially aware puppetry, this performance explores the spiritual journey and life's work of inspirational figure and leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Directed by Dadi D. Pudumjee, founder of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the musical, non-verbal show offers an audiovisual view into Gandhi's achievements and the compound effects they have had on contemporary India, resulting in an inclusive experience for all generations.

Tuesday 25 April, 2.30 and 6.30pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Thursday 27 April, 7pm
Hanager Theatre, Cairo Opera House Grounds, El Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo

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