Appropriating Shadow Puppetry in Novelistic Representations
There are different genres, styles, and forms of writing in literature. During ancient times, oral traditions were very important. People from that period spent most of their leisure time in watching street play which was performed both orally and visually. Written form of literature eventually grew from it. Mostly the stories were performed in rituals and festivals. One of the visual arts of storytelling is shadow puppet play. The epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were performed by the puppet master. It was one of the forms of entertainment in South East Asian countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and so on. By analyzing the work of Norman Lock’s Shadow Play and Tamara Fielding’s and Cindy Marwell’s Shadow Princess, the paper examines the reception of traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry in fiction which attempts to highlight the use of plot, character, and appropriation of the various aspects of shadow puppetry in novelistic form by taking puranic themes.