Puranas Ramayana Puppetry Project

The Palan Foundation is proud to sponsor Ramayana Epic Story by Puranas, in the traditional art of Puppetry.  

Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets – inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, which are animated or manipulated by a highly trained and skilled puppeteer. 

Ramayana narrates the story of Rama and Sita. A beautiful tale of love and hate, courage and faith, devotion and betrayal. A victory of good over evil, light over darkness is celebrated on a festival of Dusshera and Diwali in many forms by great artists.

Neelima Penumarthy of Puranas aims to connect cultures through stories from across the world. In 2016, her sons Shreyas and Ayur (then aged 17 and 12) published their one-hour audiobook titled “Ramayana – An Ancient Indian Epic. Both boys had done several projects on the Ramayana as part of their Religious Studies curriculum at their school (HABS, Elstree)

The audiobook was judged by The Times (UK) as one of their “Best Audiobooks of 2017”

British Airways selected the audiobook for their in-flight entertainment on all long-haul flights – after a trial period of one year, BA has renewed this contract until 2028.


Based on this successful audiobook, Puranas have produced a 15-minute puppet show preview. Their multi-cultural group of puppeteers performed the preview at the Mayor of London sponsored Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square in 2018. We also performed at three schools in London who gave us excellent reviews.

Mr. Nitin Palan, Chairman, Palan Foundation has been very supportive of our work and has sponsored our work and performances for 2019. We have developed our narrative and added more props and sets to the performances this year.  We look forward to being working with The Palan Foundation, to develop a one-hour Ramayana puppet show for Diwali 2020, based on the successful audiobook. We would like the one-hour show to tour UK cities and schools for many years to come. Naturally, for a project of that ambition, we need the support of sponsors who share our vision – well-presented stories help connect cultures.” 

Neelima Penumarthy – Founder of Puranas