SATYAJIT PADHYE (PUPPETRY)
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.