Children will learn how to make finger puppets with Dr. R.Bhanumathi while learning more about nature and wildlife and how they can help with conservation. "Pavai" is managed by its chairperson and managing trustee, Dr. R.Bhanumathi. An environment educationist by profession, she has experience in the art of puppetry spanning over two decades. She has done her PhD on the status of traditional shadow puppetry and puppeteers of South India.
On November 13, 2011, on the eve of Children’s Day in India, the first model library for children and youth was launched in Chennai. The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and ‘The Hippocampus Children’s Company’ had instituted a partnership to create a model public library for children, which will enable younger generations to access knowledge and discover the pleasure of reading in an enjoyable environment.
Pavai Centre for Puppetry
Pavai - Centre for Puppetry is a charitable trust dedicated to the art of puppetry and its usage in communication. Puppetry is a performing art form in India with rich cultural heritage. In the past, traditional puppet shows were used to convey religious messages in villages. Today, due to the influence of modern communication methods, the traditional puppetry is at the cross roads in many states of India with most puppeteers taking to alternate source of livelihood. However, contemporary puppetry has a tremendous scope in the field of education, entertainment and awareness generation.
Pavai explores and uses the art of puppetry for communication at various levels and works towards its promotion and preservation with the help of children, youth and the teaching community.
Pavai hopes to achieve its goal through regular puppetry classes in schools, initiating puppetry clubs, workshops during summer and winter holidays, puppet theatre production at amateur and professional levels, teacher training programmes, preparation of puppetry resources and kits, exhibitions for awareness generation, publication of newsletter and books dedicated to the art of puppetry and promotion and preservation of traditional puppetry and puppeteers.