By Neelapu Shanti
New Delhi, Feb. 18(ANI): A puppet theatre group from Afghanistan performed at the 14th Ishaara Puppet festival on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The Puppet festival brought together puppet theatre artists from 21 countries, including Afghanistan.
The festival was organized with an aim to bring puppet theatre artists together on a common platform.
Abdul Haq Haqjoo, Artist and Director of Parwana Puppet Theatre group was a hit among children through his spell-bound performance.
Haq has been participating in the event for the last five years and each year his group has been receiving overwhelming response from Indian audience.
Haq, who is Director of Fine Arts in Kabul University, believes that art is the best form to connect with people.
“Through puppet and theatre shows, we convey the message of peace. We raise awareness on child rights and we do emphasize the importance of education. We do shows based on day-to- day life. We aim to teach the basic ethics of life through our shows especially for the children as they are the future generation,” said Abdul Haq Haqjoo, Artist and Director of Parwana Puppet Theatre group.
The Parwana Puppet Theatre group has also tied up with the United Nations for creating awareness on various human rights issues.
“I think people liked my work here. As India and Afghanistan share close cultural ties, I do similar programmes for Afghanistan and India as well,” said Abdul Haq Haqjoo.
The show drew a large number of children who enjoyed the show.
“We came last year for Ishaara puppet festival. I think it is a great way to connect with the kids. It was the same group in fact the same Afghanistan group which has performed last year also so we came because of that. I think it was really great fun for the kids especially. The way they goofed around, they did the comic acts in the beginning that really gets the connection with the kids so they really enjoyed that,” said Kavita, Audience.
It is most popular festival of puppetry in India, bringing artists and performers from all corners of the world to celebrate storytelling through puppetry arts. (ANI)