Kathakili, a finger puppet, will tell stories from the heart and soul of Kerala

“How well do we actually know Kerala?” asks Lakshmi Menon, who’s on a mission to gather stories from the heart and soul of the State.

The Kochi-based social entrepreneur, who was behind Chekutty, (a cloth doll made of upcycled Chendamangalam saris that symbolised resilience throughout the Kerala floods of 2018), has created Kathakili, a finger puppet for this venture.

The thought, says Lakshmi, is to curate stories from completely different components of the State and create a dialog round them.

To take part, individuals can ship a story that’s linked to Kerala or displays life in the State. Those who purchase the Kathakili might take a image with the puppet and ship it together with the story to the Facebook web page created for this goal. The story will be screened and added to a weblog and later, made into a digital guide.

The stories (comprising no more than 15 sentences), could be about something from performing arts, to artists, craft or heritage.

“We are not looking for something that is lifted off the Internet. This is for creating a sense of pride in our motherland, especially among the younger generation, who is largely ignorant of the richness of our heritage,” says Lakshmi, who additionally runs Pure Living, a social enterprise that employs aged girls and girls with disabilities. Their initiatives principally contain up-cycling and recycling.

Creating Kathakili was enjoyable, she says. “I made a decision that a parrot can be finest. Kerala has kilippattu, a distinctive custom of narrating a story by way of a parrot. The hen right here additionally signifies the must protect Nature,” provides Lakshmi.

As quickly as the thought was set in her thoughts, she started working, giving type and form to Kathakili. She used Kerala handloom cloth and yarn to make the puppet and hooked up a rubber thimble for simple carrying. It is inexperienced in color with a crimson beak.

Lakshmi Menon

Lakshmi Menon
| Photo Credit: H_Vibhu

Lakshmi wished the parrot to have a distinctive identification. “Katha means story and kili means parrot in Malayalam. And as the title suggests, the parrot attracts inspiration from Kerala’s conventional artwork type kathakali. Just as a kathakali performer, the hen wears a white and crimson twin scarf,” says Lakshmi.

The proceeds from the sale of Kathakili will go in direction of Creative Dignity, a nationwide initiative to assist artisans and craftspeople throughout the pandemic.

Kathakili could be purchased for ₹100 from https://www.fb.com/KadhaKili-108363397618700. Stories could be despatched to the FB web page or despatched on WhatsApp to

+91 83300 21192.

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