Storytelling with Shadows: A Chitrakathi Puppet Show and Art Workshop

Offline Workshop Beginner Friendly Materials Included
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The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalows, 34D Turner Road, Bandra
Sat, May 25 2024, 11:00 AM (IST)
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Hindi/English (Our Community Manager is present to Help Live Translate)
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About the Workshop +

Storytelling with Shadows: A Chitrakathi Puppet Show and Art Workshop

"Garmi ki Chutti"- A series of children workshops in collaboration with Chetan Gangavane and MeMeraki.

Step into the enchanting world of Chitrakathi puppetry in this magical workshop designed for kids! We'll begin with a mesmerizing 25-minute Chitrakathi puppet show, where the young ones will get to experience three classic Panchatantra stories come to life through the art of traditional chitrakathi shadow puppetry. After the show, we'll dive into an informative session about the artist and their farm in Sindhudurg, as well as learn about the significance of Chitrakathi.

Next, it's time for the young artists to get creative and make their own Chitrakathi puppets! For younger kids, pre-printed puppets will be provided, while older ones will have the opportunity to make and paint their own puppets from scratch. Our master artist Chetan Gangwane will be on hand to guide the kids through the puppet-making process and teach them some painting techniques to bring their puppets to life. Throughout the workshop, the kids will be immersed in the colorful and intricate world of Chitrakathi, discovering the beauty of this ancient art form and learning about the stories it tells.

By the end of the workshop, each child will have their very own Chitrakathi puppet to take home and cherish, along with newfound knowledge and appreciation for the magic of this captivating art.

Date: 25th May, Saturday

Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Age: 4-10 years 

Address: The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalows, 34D Turner Road, Bandra

Key Takeaways +

Puppet Show


Puppet Making

What will I get in my Art Kit?+

All materials will be provided on the venue. 

Can I get the Art Kit shipped outside India?+

We ship worldwide, shipping charges of 2000 INR are applicable for international orders. Our Prices are inclusive of GST/Taxes. No additional charges are applicable for domestic deliveries.

What materials do I need to prepare in Advance? +

Come and enjoy the workshop with your kids.


"Chitrakathi Paintings," originating from Maharashtra and with a history spanning 300 to 400 years, are a captivating fusion of visual storytelling. The name itself, derived from "Chitra" (picture) and "Kathi" or "Katha" (story), perfectly encapsulates the essence of these performances, seamlessly blending the art of storytelling with intricate painting. Preserved by the Thakkar tribal community of Maharashtra, this endangered art form unfolds on individual painted sheets, bundled together as "pothis," each bundle weaving a cohesive narrative. These performances typically grace festive occasions at village temples in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The oral narratives, deeply rooted in texts like the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas, are presented in a Keertan-style, accompanied by folk instruments like the dholki and veena. 

Product Details

Storytelling with Shadows: A Chitrakathi Puppet Show and Art Workshop
Chetan Gangavane
Art Style
Difficulty Level
Workshop Type
In Person
Audio Language
Materials Included
1 Days

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Masterclasses are complete pre-recorded courses of 7-8 parts that have been researched and recorded by us at the Master artists homes. LIVE workshops happen in real time over zoom along with the Master Artist and a small group. Live workshops have different levels. We only have a few Masterclasses right now - Lippan art from Kutch and Pichwai art from Nathdwara, Rajasthan and are producing and adding more every month. While we cover more than 60 heritage art and craft forms in our live workshops already.

You could attend a beginner friendly live workshop (or even a masterclass if its Lippan or Pichwai you are interested in) and then join the foundations or advanced LIVE workshops. The different levels for the LIVE workshops are- Beginner, Foundations and Advancedyour store.

Materials are not included in the masterclasses but you can order from our list of authentic art kits and materials in addition to the masterclass. For the live workshops, materials are included in some of the live workshops as part of the workshop and it would be mentioned in the workshop description.

Beginner Friendly- These are usually 1-2 classes of 2 hours each and one of the simpler artworks and motifs of that art style are covered in the beginner friendly workshops as an introduction to that art form.
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Yes, going forward, our platform will automatically award you a certificate on behalf of MeMeraki for completing a workshop with us and being a patron of the arts. This will be accessible via the ‘My Workshops’ section under each workshop that you have attended after Nov 2021.

Yes, we have many patrons attending our workshops from across the world. We ship the art kits internationally for the workshops where materials are included. International shipping charges are INR2000. Even if you are ordering an art kit separately in addition to a MASTERCLASS, we can ship internationally.

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The previous workshops recordings will still be available to you via google drive as earlier. But going forward for all new workshops post Nov 2021, the workshops will be accessible through our website and platform only.

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