One of the most nostalgic memories of my childhood consists of visiting the Surajkund Fair and invariably stopping at the most fun corner... the puppet show! That was my first ever introduction with puppets. From Alibaba and 40 thieves to Jungle book and other folktales, it was fascinating!
But as the years have become victims to the hi-fi gadgets, the fun of watching this age old traditional form of art is perishing. Rekha Vyas is vying to change all that through her company- PepUp Story teller. This Gurgaon based mother of 2, has brought the art of puppetry back in vogue!
Been born and brought up in Mumbai, and worked as a teacher there, Rekha Vyas realised the impact and reception of visual storytelling and used her understanding to revive the art of Shadow Puppetry.
She performed this form of puppetry in various Mumbai schools, and received accolades for her passion and skills. Her journey then diverted her to Gurgaon 4 years ago, where she has been performing puppet shows in schools and festivals, spreading the traditional experience.
Rekha's company, PepUp, has successfully conducted storytelling and puppetry workshops in more than 35 schools at Delhi-NCR-Noida.... She has manufactured Worldâ€™s first colourful shadow storytelling kits for children available on Amazon.in named asâ€ Shadow art kitâ€.
Rekha now stands as only lady in India presenting hand shadow art. She is learning this art from famousÂ Shadowgrapher Mr. Prahlad Acharya, winner of Indiaâ€™s got talent.
But her expertise doesn't end at performing.... she extends her knowledge of this very fascinating art of puppetry to the kids, teaching them the nuances of shadow puppetry. And that's not the epilogue yet... Rekha's puppet toys are going to hit Hamleys stores in a few months too!
Her only aim? To revive the crumbling form of storytelling....and we just cannot keep calm!
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