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The Dance of the Leather Puppets

Dalavai Kallayppa and his family are one the last few representatives of one of the earliest performing folk arts of Andhra Pradesh, shadow puppetry. Popularly known as ‘Tholubhummalata’ in Telugu, it literally means "the dance of the leather puppets”.  A craftsman par excellence, he learnt this art form from his father, Chinna Narayana, a state level awardee.