About the Show

Tholu bommalata literally means the dance (atta) of the leather (tholu) puppets (bommalu). The core of the performance is represented by mythological stories. The performance will be of 1 hour duration and includes puppet skits and is accompanied by live music. On the stage the puppets appear behind a white curtain, and the audience sees their coloured shadows enlivened by a light source.

About the Artform

Long before TVs or films were invented, Tholu Bommalata used to be one of the major forms of storytelling for the people of Andhra Pradesh. The leather puppets would be designed to look like Rama or Ravana, the mythical figures of Indian folklore. Late into the night, the puppets would dance, accompanied with the beat of traditional drums and a melodious narrative. Tholu Bommalata is appreciated for its incredible history and exquisite beauty.

Let's dive into 2,500 year old television, the Tholu Bommalata!

Date and time to be annouced soon.
Pre-register available for free!


These are a set of general instructions for the show. The link to the show would be available post-registration.

  • The Live Show would be conducted on Zoom App. For the best experience join the show from your laptop/desktop or watch on phone on landscape mode.

  • Registration is compulsory to attend, Ensure you join via the same mail ID you register with.

  • In case if you are unable to attend the live show due to technical reasons, please call the below number - +91 77601 30711