The Ideal Home and Garden - - Artist Speak -

Throw­ing voices and play­ing with pup­pets sounds like fun from the out­side, but a tryst with Satya­jit Pad­hye sets the record straight. “A lot of tal­ent, dol­lops of hard work and pa­tience, and a pas­sion for en­ter­tain­ment are what makes a su­perb ven­tril­o­quist/pup­peteer stay on top of his game,” says Satya­jit. Satya­jit took to this art form as a tod­dler; and even though he took the con­ven­tional route of ed­u­ca­tion and a ca­reer as a CA, his zeal for do­ing some­thing cre­ative made him take to this rare and skilled art. Satya­jit be­lieves that the art of pup­petry tran­scends all bar­ri­ers of caste, re­li­gion and eth­nic­ity, and this art is very rel­e­vant in to­day’s times where pol­i­tics of caste is di­vid­ing the world. He feels pup­pets can com­mu­ni­cate much more than a nor­mal in­di­vid­ual can, and they are less of­fend­ing when cer­tain con­tro­ver­sial or se­ri­ous top­ics are to be ex­plained. Satya­jit’s main fo­cus is to make this art pop­u­lar among younger au­di­ences, spe­cially kids who are los­ing their child­hood to the ad­vent of mo­bile phones, i-pads and games. He has tried to give this 5,000 year old art, a new twist by us­ing dig­i­tal pup­petry, an­i­ma­tron­ics and 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy for mak­ing his pup­pets and per­form­ing with them. He firmly be­lieves that this art has a great fu­ture and huge po­ten­tial in In­dia. He wants more young­sters to take up the art of ven­tril­o­quism and pup­petry as their pro­fes­sion.

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