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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATION THROUGH PUPPETRY IN INDIA

VISHNU PRATAP SINGH  

Puppetry has played an important role in disseminating knowledge in most parts of the world .Puppetry imbibes elements of all communication and art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture, music, dance, drama and enables to develop their creative abilities for presentation of Science and Technology to nearly 70% of population includes rural and not literate in India.These ground realities present a formidable challenge to a science communicator. In such scenario, any centrally planned strategy employing modern mans of communications does not stand much chances of success .Any strategy to be effective should be "participatory and in the local language through the familiar channels of communication". 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 to communicate science and technology in Indian masses. Puppetry is a cost effective medium and can be used to communicate science. Being a traditional means of entertainment, it is mainly confined to semi-urban areas and villages. But as it involves the audience in active dialogue so it can be a powerful mode of science communication; traditional puppeteers shall be trained and familiarized with the scientific issues and facts to establish the efficacy of the puppetry as a powerful mode of science communication. The present paper deals with challenges and future of puppetry for science and technology communication in India. Key words: Puppetry,folk media,training

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