Puppet Museum

Museum | Colombo

Puppet Museum Colombo

Many travelers come to Colombo and miss this hot spotof Sri Lankan tourism, the Puppet museum Dehiwala. The puppet museum arguably most interested in both local and foreign travelers. There are few galleries of this museum.

The first gallery is about ‘Diktala Kalagola’ Story. In addition to the story the main character was Kalagola, the servant of Diktala’s father. Diktala was a young aged beautiful woman. Kalgola was a ugly, short and seemed like a dwarf compared to the Dikthala. Further the story of Madduma Bandara, Wessanthara jathakaya, Vidura Jathakaya, and Saliya Ashokamala story is displayed in other galleries in the museum.

You have the right forsee about the stories from the officers in the Puppets museum. You may feel awesome of hearing the story behind the puppets. I’m sure, if you have seen the story of Wessanthara jathakaya in the puppet gallery, you will not prefer it from the Television. The gallery of traditional masks of sri lanka is yet another enormous gallery, recently restored in the Puppets museum. The city of Ambalangoda is famous for making these kinds of masks in Sri Lanka.

So that most of these are made by the artists from Ambalangoda. Unfortunately there are only 3 families who know about all the techniques beyond the wooden Puppetry industry in Ambaalangoda. But they want to rescue this tradition rather than losing it. The mask of King Mahasammatha (the first king of the world), gara yaka, Maname masks, Riri Yaka and so on are exhibited in this gallery. They are giant, curious and beautiful. Various puppets are hanged on raftings can be touched and enjoyed. Marvelous clothing painted with fabrics and sewn with sequins and beads will astonish you.

So that most of these are made by the artists from Ambalangoda. Unfortunately there are only 3 families who know about all the techniques beyond the wooden Puppetry industry in Ambaalangoda. But they want to rescue this tradition rather than losing it. The mask of King Mahasammatha (the first king of the world), gara yaka, Maname masks, Riri Yaka and so on are exhibited in this gallery. They are giant, curious and beautiful. Various puppets are hanged on raftings can be touched and enjoyed. Marvelous clothing painted with fabrics and sewn with sequins and beads will astonish you.

By the way the television has dominated to lose the Puppet art from the society. Therefore it is a good decision to secure this traditional heritage. Thus the value of the puppetry has been lost until recently. The museum was firstly started at Piliyandala in 2006. It was moved to Dehiwala in 2009.Mr. Sarath Abeygunawardana who is a business man and a puppet lover got initiated to make this project a successful.



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