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Last updated: 14-06-2023

UNIMA Puppeteers Trust – India

C-18 Chirag Enclave, New Delhi
110048  NEW DELHI  India

+91 98 1051 1360





Brief history
UNIMA India was registered on December 22, 1986 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat under The Societies Registration Act, 1860. UNIMA India is an organisation devoted to the cause of international friendship through the art of puppetry, a link that connects Indians to puppeteers in over 60 countries. Its membership is open to all puppet enthusiasts. The first President of UNIMA India was Mrs Meher Contractor, who attended the first post-World War II UNIMA Congress in 1957. In 2008 Dadi Pudumjee, a past president of UNIMA India, was elected to serve as President of international UNIMA. He is UNIMA’s first non-European.

Board Members
Honorable President : Sri Gunduraju
Secretary : Ms. Padmini Rangarajan
Treasurer : Maneesh Pachiaru
Managing Trustee : Ms Ranjana Pandey
Trustees : Mr. Dadi D. Pudumjee, Ms. Anurupa Roy

Important projects and achievements

  • Documentation on the various forms and traditions of Indian puppetry
  • Creation of a Directory of Indian puppeteers
  • Promotion of the exchange of skills, ideas, texts, etc., both nationally and internationally
  • Creation of awareness of the puppetry arts
  • Creation of opportunities for puppetry within the various media, including film and television
  • Participation in the work of international organisations having similar goals, and cooperation with those organisations
  • Organisation of scholarships to puppeteers
  • Organisation of festivals
  • Fundraising for puppetry and related activities.


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India, Notices - 4/05/2022

Published twice in the year, Sutradhar is an E – magazine .The magazine is circulated widely on the internet, in English, not just within the Puppetry Community in India, but also worldwide. We also include the performance art community and many international web platforms in our list of readers. It is the only Puppetry magazine of […]

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Puthalika Patrika Puppetry E-Magazine

Agenda, India, Women - 1/04/2022

Sphoorthi Theatre for Educational Puppetry, Art & Craft STEPARC presents Puthalika Patrika Puppetry E-Magazine March 2022 Women’s Edition. We welcome your feedback , comments and article contributions in English.For previous editions click on the link –http://sphoorthitheatre.com/Sphoorthi-Magazine-Puthalika-Patrika.html

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Sutradhar n° 8

India - 16/03/2018

UNIMA is glad inviting you to discover the latest issue, #8 of March 2018, of Sutradhar, the review of UNIMA India. Read the issue #8 of Sutradhar  

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Sutradhar n° 7

India - 14/06/2017

UNIMA is glad inviting you to discover the latest issue, # 7 of May 2017, of Sutradhar, the review of UNIMA India. This issue contains a set of very interesting articles, largely dedicated to the Fifth Master Class organised by Unima India, held in Jawahar Kala Kendra – Jaipur. Read the #7 of Sutradhar  

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Sutradhar # 4

India - 14/05/2015

UNIMA is glad inviting you to discover the latest issue, # 4 of May 2015, of Sutradhar, the review of UNIMA India. As the previous ones, this issue contains a set of very interesting articles, amongst other ones, from Ranjana Pandey & Anurupa Roy, Choiti Ghosh, Pallavi Chander, or also an article based on an […]

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New issue of Sutradhar review

India - 13/03/2014

UNIMA is pleased to invite you to discover the new issue of the Indian National Centre review, Sutradhar. In summary: Tradition and Transformation: Leather Puppetry in Karnataka. An Interview with Margareta Niculescu. Charleville-Mézières – The Mecca For Puppeteers. The Window – Looking In, Looking Out. Different Approaches to Iranian Puppetry. > Read the review

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