Masks, Puppets and Picture Showmen Traditions of India


Akhyan, an exhibition of masks, puppets and picture showmen in Indian narrative traditions by IGNCA is on display in Madrid, Spain at the Centro Dramatico Nacional (CDN), from 17th September to 12th October 2014.

Akhyan which means a narrative or a story, explores and celebrates narrative traditions of India that tell a story through the use of speaking objects such as masks, puppets and pictures. It brings together these traditions not as museum pieces but as living forms of story-telling where the object is given life and projects its creator’s ideas and essence. It was first showcased in the IGNCA in 2010. In Spain, the exhibition will be held in two venues- Madrid and Tolosa.

The inaugural at CDN was attended by Mr. Miguel Ángel Recio, Director General of INAEM, Mr. Ernesto Caballero, Director of CDN, Ms. Elena Basagoitia, President of Centro de Iniciativas De Tolosa (CIT), and Ms. Idoya Otegui, Director of Tolosa Puppets International Center (TOPIC). The Indian Ambassador to Spain Shri. Vikram Misri and Jt Secretary of IGNCA, Ms. Veena Joshi were also present at the inauguration.

IGNCA will next be taking the exhibition to the Tolosa Puppets International Center (TOPIC) and Centro de Iniciativas De Tolosa (CIT) where it will be on from 18th October 2014 till March 2015.

Akhyan has been curated by Prof. Molly Kaushal of Janapada Sampada division, IGNCA. Shri. Dadi Pudumjee is the associate curator. The designer of the exhibition is Mr. Neeraj Sahai.


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Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) (An Autonomous body under Ministry of Culture. Govt. of India)
11 Man Singh Road, New Delhi -110001
Entrance From Mansingh Road
Landmark: Andhra Bhawan
Opp. Raksha Bhawan