maanantai 21. maaliskuuta 2022



Tänään vietetään maailman nukketeatteripäivää - Happy World Puppetry Day!
Tämän vuoden juhlajulisteen on suunnitellut Etelä-Afrikkalainen taiteilija Adrian Kohler, Handspring Puppet Companyn taiteellinen johtaja.

Maailman nukketeatteripäivän julistuksen on kirjoittanut intialainen nukketeatteritaiteilija, näytelmäkirjailija, teatteriohjaaja ja kouluttaja Ranjana Pandey. Tässä julistus vuodelle 2022:

Message for the World Puppetry Day

By Ranjana Pandey


The Sea

The Sea always carried storytellers and their stories from one shore to another,

from one island to the next, from one continent to many. The stories swirled

together, marinated in many cultural stews and became magical and immortal.

It is the stuff of stories since the beginning of time, full of sea dragons,

mermaids and many fantastical creatures.

It is through these waterways that princesses and pirates, sailors and traders

took trousseaus of wealth, entourage of craftsmen, court jesters and exotic

produce and, of course, the great mythologies like Mahabharat, Ramayan,

Sagar Manthan, Sindbad the Sailor, Journey to the West, One Thousand and

One they travelled from one culture to the next.

The stories changed with each telling, gathering subtle layers over centuries.

Entertaining, distracting, feeding the souls of travellers, adventurers, villains

and heroes from distant unfamiliar lands.

The Sea remains magical and mysterious, touching the lives of millions on this

planet. It feeds, sustains, and inhabits the imagination of all. The Ocean is the

force from which all life on this planet emerged.

But today’s reality is poignant. The sea is our last frontier today – the last

frontier between us and annihilation of life as we know it. Today the sea is

polluted, gasping for life, strangled by nets of greed and neglectful waste. It has

been reduced to a garbage filled soup of dying corals and marine life. Each one

of us is in some little way is part of this sad reality.

Here then is a challenge to all of the story tellers of today to revive the respect

for the Seas of Earth – our only home.

Let us put our collective talent to the task. Right Now!


Ranjana Pandey


Indian puppeteer, playwright, theatre and television

director, and educator. Ranjana Pandey graduated from

Delhi University in English Literature, with an MA in Mass

Communication and a Diploma in Journalism. She trained in

puppetry in Belgium under Theatre Toone, Theatre Tilapin,

and Théâtre Royal du Peruchet.

In 1982, Ranjana Pandey founded and directed Jan Madhyam

(“the people’s medium” or “of the people”), a community

media-based, educational puppetry company. Ranjana

Pandey is one of the pioneers in the Indian subcontinent to

explore puppetry as therapy.

Jan Madhyam created a puppetry-based weekly “Chowkoo-Pili” (Chowkoo or

“cube-headed” boy and Pili or “yellow” girl) series of shows (1984-1990) for

Delhi’s intellectually disabled youth, which taught learning concepts and

developed social skills and values, performed with partners including Karen

Smith and Shubha Saxena. These weekly shows were taken to schools, slums,

and villages in the Greater Delhi and Haryana region. This work has continued

to improve the lives of the disabled, with special attention to girls and women.

Other development communication programmes using puppetry and

performance media have focused on literacy, the needs of the disabled,

ecology, endangered species, income generation, sanitation, health, and

violence against women.

In 2000-2002, Ranjana Pandey created and directed the first puppetry-based,

18-episode television series for children, Khullum Khulla (Free and Open),

which was telecast by India’s national broadcasting corporation, Doordarshan,

several times through a period of eighteen months.

Ranjana Pandey is on the faculty of several teacher training and mass

communication colleges including Jamia Millia Islamia (National Islamic)

University in New Delhi and she gives workshops on puppetry for education,

therapy and development.

Maailman nukketeatteripäivän videon aiheena tänä vuonna oli vesielämä ja siihen on kerätty videoita 
ympäri maailmaa UNIMAn jäseniltä.
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March 21 is your day. Wherever there is a National Centre, wherever there is a puppeteer, wherever there is a vision, a hand and material that takes life, we can celebrate. Wherever there is a child, an audience, an object and the force of imagination, puppetry will flourish.
Happy World Puppetry Day!
Dimitri Jageneau
General Secretary of UNIMA