The Yakshagana Puppets, Indian documentary film directed by Kiranraj K. This is the first ever documentary film on Yakshagana Puppets. The film is regarding the long time experiments and achievements of Sri Gopalakrishna Yakshagana Bombeyata Sangha, Kasaragod (Puppet show troupe) which has been working for the rejuvenation of Tenkuthittu Yakshagana Bombeyata (Southern style yakshagana puppet show) through demonstrations and shows is being produced. The film covers the full gamut of puppetry from its making up to its stage show. Even the amazement experienced by the spectators including the inquisitive students on witnessing the wonderful puppet shows has not escaped the camera eye. The fascinating natural scenes on the banks of river Chandragiri can also be enjoyed through this film. The opinion of the young and elderly lovers of this artform also has been recorded in this documentary. The film is shaped on the basis of Hindu mythological stories and therefore the scenes of temples and images of the deities worshipped in the temples have also been pictured in this film.

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    February 16, 2016
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Director Biography - KIRANRAJ K

Kiranraj K (born 25 August 1989) is an Indian short film, documentary film maker and film Actor who works in Kannada cinema. He is one of the writer of The Seven Odds, a team of writers for the film Kirik Party.

Early life
Kiranraj K was born in a small village called Kumbadaje, in the Kasaragod district, Kerala. He was the first child of Achutha K., a farmer and Godavariamma. He did his schooling from ALPS Marikkana Pavoor, J.A.S.B.S. School Manya, Sri Annapoorneshwari High School Agalpady and higher secondary from Matha Education Mangalore. He did his specialization in Film Direction from Star Creators Film Institute, Bangalore. His career in films began in Bangalore in 2011.

Through his career, Kiranraj has directed short films, documentaries, music albums. In 2011, he made a tele-film, Kaavala[1] (Kannada: ಕಾವಳ, translation:The Darkness), based on the theme of upholding the morality and justice in our society, and received rave reviews. His next work was Kanasu (English: Dream), a music video which articulates the values of human relationship. He later made a short film, Kabbina Haalu (English: Sugarcane Juice), based on a real-life incident, which depicts the conflict of difference between the privileged and the underprivileged through the characters of two innocent kids. Kabbina Haalu won the Best Film Award at the Vibha South Indian Short Film Festival in the year 2013. His next Documentary film, The Yakshagana Puppets, was a film on puppets that has costumes from the traditional theatre form, Yakshagana, and was produced by well known Indian puppeteer K. V. Ramesh.

Kiranraj has also worked as an associate director for the Kannada feature films Endendigu, Ricky and Kirik Party and has directed one of the films in the anthology film Kathasangama.

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Filmmaking is an opportunity to live multiple lifetimes