• 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”)