Venkatesh belongs to the family of Tholu Bommalata art , he learned the art of leather from his father Chinnaramana one of the best award winning artisan. Apart from performing theatre of the epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, they also make very interesting leather painting scrolls with scenes from Hindu mythology.
Tholu bommalata is the shadow puppet theatre tradition of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Its performers are part of a group of wandering entertainers and peddlers who pass through villages during the course of a year and offer to sing ballads, tell fortunes, sell amulets, perform acrobatics, charm snakes, weave fishnets, tattoo local people and mend pots. This ancient custom, which for centuries before radio, movies, and television provided knowledge of Hindu epics and local folk tales, not to mention news, spread to the most remote corners of the subcontinent.Tholu bommalata literally means "the dance of leather puppets" (tholu – "leather" and bommalata – "puppet dance").
The puppeteers comprise some of the various entertainers who perform all night and usually reenact various stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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