Financial Hardships Faced by Award-Winning Puppetry Artists

Behind the veil of fame, a national award-winning leather puppet artist, Dalavai Sivamma, and her community, including a Padma Shri awardee, are facing financial hardships in the sleepy village of Nimmalakunta. Descendants of once prosperous nomadic puppeteers, they now struggle to make ends meet, diversifying into new products like wall hangings and lamps to sustain their traditional art form. The artists are seeking recognition and support to preserve their centuries-old legacy.

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