Leather puppetry is an inherent part of Andhra Pradesh's traditional folk culture. Also known as Tholu Bommalata (tholu- leather, bommalata-puppet dance), the leather puppetry show originated around 200 BC, and is popular in many regions of the state.
Artisans, which received this art form in inheritance, have now diversified into a wide variety of products like lampshades, bookmarks, wall paintings, screens, etc. as the puppet shows are no longer a mainstream medium of entertainment.
One such artisan, KSreenivasulu from Anantapuramu district in Andhra Pradesh spoke to SMBStory about the art, and how by showcasing this art in exhibitions, leather handicraft artisans are able to make a decent income for themselves.
(Video Mohit Sabharwal)