Puppetry has played an important role in disseminating knowledge in most parts of the world. Puppetry imbibes elements of all art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture, music, dance, drama and enables students to develop their creative abilities. Puppetry has been used traditionally in India as a popular and an inexpensive medium to transmit knowledge about Indian myths and legends.
Since Puppetry is a dynamic art form that appeals to all age groups, this medium of communication has been selected to serve as an aid for imparting education in schools. The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) provides a comprehensive and an integrated training in the preparation, manipulation and production of such puppet programmes which may be used in a variety of formal and non formal teaching situations.
The Workshop on Role of Puppetry in Education aims at the following :
1. to introduce Puppetry as an aid to education;
2. to teach preparation and manipulation of glove, shadow, rod, string and other puppets;
3. to prepare educational scripts and programmes for teaching curriculum subjects through puppetry and to study the impact of training for evaluation;
4. to enable teachers to acquire knowledge about traditional puppet theatre forms of India and to provide them with an opportunity to interact with traditional puppeteers;
5. to encourage teachers to improvise inexpensive teaching aids and to make creative activities for students, an integral part of classroom teaching.