We would like to acknowledge the following individuals/organisations/websites resources/library resources that have permitted to borrow their ideas. We would also thank our coaches, teachers, friends and family members for bearing with our pranks and allowing us to go out to collect resourse materials and interview people. We also have a special thanks for Mrs Ornella Palazzo who helped the team from Italy with suggestions and design.
Ms. Kumari of Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram, Bangalore INDIA, without whose support our Team member Master Roahith R could not have joined as a member of 'Strings 09' and contribute richly to the project.
Goutam Sharma, Secretary Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra
Mr.Goutam Sharma, Secretary Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra showed a very keen interest in our project. He permitted us to collect the necessary information from the puppetry section of Kalakshetra.
Permission letter from Secretary Sankardeva Kalakshetra.
Archana Talukdar,puppeteer of Kalakhetra
She demonstrated the different types of puppets being staged at the theatre of Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra and how they are prepared.She showed us the puppets used in the Dasbarta Nitra.She also enriched us about the origin of string puppets in Assam.
Akan Deka,puppeteer of Kalakhetra
Mr.Akan Deka,has staged several puppetry shows in the Assam and West Bengalin the theatres and also the road shows.He showed us the preparation of string puppets,how to manipulate them.He also told us that themes of puppetry are from mythology and epics but nowadays puppetry shows are staged with educational and public awareness themes.
Bhanu Kalita, puppeteer of Kalakhetra
She told us about the different costumes and make-ups used in the puppets to suit the characters of the show.
She explained us about the stage management in the puppetry,
Golok Chandra Roy, Art Department Kalakshetra
His assistant helped us to collect information in the puppetry section of Kalakhetra.
Lukman Khan, K.V.NFR Maligaon
For his asssitance in Videography.
Abha Kalita, Music Teacher, K.V.NFR Maligaon
Her rendering of the opening video of a Rajasthani Folk song. We also thanks the group of little hands that played the musical instruments.
Works of the following stalwarts that we had referred at the initiation of the project: Websites/books/papers etc.
Gretl Aicher artistic director of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre
Gerry Anderson, another famous and influential modern puppeteer, used a marionette puppet system called Supermarionation to a number of successful science fiction television shows like Thunderbirds.
Cosmo Allegretti (Captain Kangaroo's Mr. Moose and Mr. Bunny Rabbit)
Bob Baker (400 movies, first puppeteer on TV - Los Angeles KHJ in 1939.)
Trace Beaulieu (Mystery Science Theater 3000's Crow T. Robot)
Marek Becka - founder of Buchty a Loutky ("Cakes and Puppets") and lecturer in puppetry, Alternative and Puppet Department of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts
Edgar Bergen (Charlie McCarthy and others)
Richard Bradshaw OAM one time director of the Marionette Theatre of Australia, President of UNIMA Australia and master shadow puppeteer
Simon Buckley (British TV and film puppeteer) 
Ronnie Burkett (Canadian puppeteer, creator of Street of Blood, Tinka's New Dress, Happy (Memory Dress Trilogy), Provenance, 10 Days on Earth, among others)
Fran Brill (Prairie Dawn, Zoe, Little Bird, Roxie Marie)
Kevin Clash (Elmo on Sesame Street)
Jonathan Edward Cross a.k.a Jonny ClockWorks, Artistic Director of "The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre" and "The ClockWork Puppetry Studios" NYC www.cosmicbicycle.com
Wayland Flowers (Madame)
Christine Glanville (One of Gerry Anderson's lead puppet operators)
Steve Whitmire (Kermit the Frog, Ernie, and many others since 1990)
Paul Zaloom (Beakman's World)
Dave Goelz (Gonzo the Great)
Jim Henson (1936 -1990), is one of the best known of modern recent puppeteers who with his associate Frank Oz developed The Muppets for television. Their work has entertained children for decades on television series such as Sesame Street and the adult oriented The Muppet Show. Henson and Oz also frequently worked in film, including directing and puppeteer work in the 1982 film The Dark Crystal and the 1986 film Labyrinth. Oz is also well known for his work with the puppet of Yoda in the popular Star Wars movie series and as a director of movies such as the musical Little Shop of Horrors.
Richard Hunt (Scooter, Beaker, Sweetums)
Max Jacob Founder of the Hohnsteiner Kasper Theatre in Germany in the 1920s.
Alex Kahn Giant puppet creator for New York's Village Halloween Parade
Bill Kincaid/Doug Kincaid (creators of TV's "DB. Doorbell", "Grouchie Gator", and other "Kincaid Karacter" Puppets)
Roberto La Morticella (made giant street theater puppets during the Summer of Love)
Scott Land Lead Puppeteer in [Team America World Police], [Princess Diaries 1 & 2], www.thepuppetman.com
Shari Lewis (Lamb Chop and others)
David Logan (playwright), director and master puppeteer
Rick Lyon (created the puppets for, and starred in the original Broadway cast of the Tony-award winning musical Avenue Q)
Mat McCoy (Farscape)
Paul McPharlin Paul McPharlin Collection at the Detroit Institute of Art
Basil Milovsoroff (In 1983 received the President's Award of the Puppeteers of America)
Kevin Murphy (Mystery Science Theater 3000's Tom Servo)
Jerry Nelson (Dr. Julius Strangepork, Herry Monster)
Sergey Obraztsov (1901-1992), frequently cited as the father of artistic puppetry, was highly skilled in finger puppeteering, but also extended the range of the form by exposing the manipulation techniques involved.
Frank Oz (Miss Piggy, Yoda, Bert, Fozzie Bear, Grover, Cookie Monster and many others)
Ramdas Padhye - Ventriloquist,Puppeteer and Puppet-Maker from India. His ventriloquist puppet Ardhavatrao, and Bunny (the rabbit that starred in the commercial Lijjat Papad) are well known on the sub-continent. His son Satyajit Padhye is also a Ventriloquist and Puppeteer who is carrying this art of Puppetry to future generations.
Pantopuck (first puppeteer on television, author of "The Magic Tower and other Plays" & "Modern Puppetry.")
Count Franz Pocci founding director of the Munich Marionette Theatre, shadow puppeteer and writer of countless puppet plays
Pietro Radillo 19th century Italian master of the marrionette
Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
Albrecht Roser German master puppetter based in Stuttgart - famous for his puppet Grandmother
Peter Schumann (b. 1934) has also been a highly influential puppeteer. Schumann formed Bread and Puppet Theatre in 1963, using puppetry as a form to campaign politically and educate socially as well as entertain. His work has also been formally experimental, and influenced a wide range of theatre practitioners including Julie Taymor.
Peter Scriven famous founding artitsic director of the Marionette Theatre of Australia - his Tintookies and Little Fella Bindi toured all over Australasia
Robert Smigel (Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog)
Zdar Sorm, in charge of technological design of puppets for animated films - Barrandov Studio, Prague, Czech Republic
Caroll Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street)
John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Johnny and the Sprites)
Burr Tillstrom Creator of Kukla, Fran and Ollie
Miroslav Trejtnar - Czech master puppeteer and teacher of puppetry
Winston Tong (1978 Obie Award winner for Puppetry)
Jiří Trnka, master puppeteer and animator
Willie Tyler (Lester)
Eka Vogelnik, Slovene puppeteer and illustrator with numerous puppet performances for theatre and TV
Señor Wences (Johnny, Pedro, many others)
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Google images ( We haven't used any in our final website, though viewing them on google images during the research days was however very helpful and important.
Sampa Ghosh and her website http://www.puppetindia.com/
R. Bhanumathi an Environmental Educationist and author of http://www.puppetryindia.org
Indian puppetry --
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Making Puppets Come Alive—
(accessed on 7 Oct, 2008)
BOOKS & LITERARY WORKS:
Indian Puppets: Author: Sampa Ghosh, Utpal Kumar Banerjee
J.Pani: 'Living dolls. Story of Indian puppets'
S.A.Krishnaiah: 'Karnataka Puppetry'
Udupi: Regional Resources Centre for Folk Performing Arts, 1988
Puppetry in India by Elisabeth deb Otter.
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hotpotatoes website http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ for creating the crossword.
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Family members of our team members for bearing with our odd timings and ending their long wait ...
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