Bharat Katha

"Bharat Katha" is a collection of real stories of real people from India.

Bhārat is the official Sanskrit name of India, Bhārat Ganarājya, and the name is derived from the ancient Indian texts, the Puranas.

Katha (story) is a folk narrative style of story telling.

Bharat Katha is a journey to the heart of India, crossing language, cultural and regional boundaries. These stories are from all different kinds of people about their lives, their views and their beliefs -- beliefs which have been held together through generations.

How do I find them? - I'd like to think I found them but in truth... most of the time they are waiting to be found to share their story - The India Story.

Who am I ? - I am a man with a camcorder.

Kathputliwala, a puppeteer from Jaipur

(Press CC for subtitles)

What's the similarity between an artist and a peacock?

After a long pause, I am back again to share a new story. Meet Rajesh Bhaat, he is a Kathputli puppeteer.

Kathputli is the single string puppet theatre native to Rajasthan, with a history stretching back thousands of years.

I stumbled upon him in Jaipur. He invited me to his home in the Katputli colony – a colony, a slum of street performers, artists and craftsmen living together.

Rajesh Bhaat Nagori comes from a family where the art of Kathputli puppetry has been passed down through seven generations. He shares with - how there's a commonality between a peacock and an artist?

So sit back and enjoy the story of Rajesh Nagori with subtitles in English, Italian, Spanish, German and French.

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