Traditional glove puppet theatre from Uttar Pradesh in north India. These puppets made of papier-mâché, dressed in colourful, shiny clothes and trinkets, are named after the two heroines who are represented in the show: Sitabo, the worn out, overworked spouse; and Gulabo, the scintillating mistress of the same man. The a capella narration, rendered in the spoken-sung style by the puppeteer seated on the floor, constructs a semi-improvised plot which is a mixture of salacious jokes, caustic reflections, laced with local humour, and songs relating to shared incidents and the vicissitudes of daily life. The puppeteer is accompanied by a dholak (drum) and manjira (cymbals).

In the city of Lucknow during festival time a few puppeteers travel from suburb to suburb performing their shows. But this art, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, is on its way to becoming extinct.

(See India, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for Puppetry.)