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Rukada Natya: traditional string puppet drama in Sri Lanka

Language: English

Rukada Natya is a type of drama performed using string puppets to provide entertainment and convey moral messages to village communities.Rukada Natya is performed by family groups connected with the lineage known as Gamwari, living around three southern coastal towns. Themes are chosen from folktales, Buddhist stories, ancient literature, historical narratives and trivia with humorous anecdotes and puppeteers make their own wooden puppets and prepare handwritten scripts. A small band provides musical accompaniment, and performances, which are community events, convey important worldviews and core values.

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Place/region: Sri Lanka, Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2018 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: Folk Music Conservation Library, Sri Lanka
Producer: Dilip Kumara
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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMAS reference: HQFS-CLT-2018-RL-0137000003
Source ref.: DOC:0137000003;CAND:01370
Rights holder: Folk Music Conservation Library, Sri Lanka

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