Women in the Arts Festival Ramayana – An Ancient Indian Epic A short Puppe...

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Puranas aims to connect cultures through stories. In 2016, Neelima’s sons, Shreyas Pulle and Ayur Pulle (then aged 17 and 12) published their one-hour audiobook titled Ramayana: An Ancient Indian Epic (Audible UK; Audible India). The audiobook was judged by The Times (UK) as one of their “Best audiobooks of 2017”. British Airways selected the audiobook for their in-flight entertainment on all long-haul flights – after a trial period of one year, BA have renewed this contract until 2028.

Based on this successful audiobook, the team at Puranas have produced a 15- minute puppet show preview. Their multi-cultural group of puppeteers performed the preview at the Mayor of London sponsored Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square in 2018. The organizers have asked them to perform this preview again at the same venue in November 2019. They also performed at three schools in London who gave us excellent reviews.

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Neelima Penumarthy - Creative Director has been working on The Ramayana Puppet show project since 2016. She has brought together a team of very talented puppet designers, puppet makers and puppeteers to convey the audiobook through beautiful, handcrafted puppets.

Gillie Robic was born in India, her great love and inspiration. Her poems have appeared in the UK and the US. Her first poetry collection, Swimming Through Marble, was shortlisted and published in 2016 by Live Canon. Her second collection is due out in October, As a puppeteer she has performed many film and television characters, and also live theatre, often with her own company, Suspended Animation. She is Designer and Director of this work-in-progress, the Ramayana.

Jan Zalud - Puppet Maker

Emilly Morus-Jones is a puppeteer and a puppet maker who trained as a TV puppeteer with the Sesame workshop. He has performed puppets for Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, Rag'N'Bone man, CBBC and The Brit Awards. He has also build puppets for the Handspring Company, KneeHigh Theatre and the band Iron Maiden.

Peter Provys is an animation graduate, and studied at London School of Puppetry. He has built and performed with classic marrionettes, lip syncs and rod puppets. He also has operated giant carnival puppets and exhibited marrionettes made from recycled materials.

Amber Donovan is a freelance puppeteer; maker, designer and collaborative artist trained at RADA and is a recent graduate of The Curious School of Puppetry.

​Joseph Micheal Peek has been performing in Punch and Judy style puppet shows for over 10 years.

They have recently started working with marrionets, and make my own Jim Henson inspired Muppet Puppets.

In Association with SAMA Arts Network

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