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The urban families of today are financially successful, educated and aware. While at many levels, they are able to obtain what they set out to achieve, there are some areas where we fall behind. Traditional wisdoms are being lost sight of. We do not have the time to really teach our children what we know subconsciously, nor are we equipped to do it. Part of the reason is that today’s earning generation grew up without being explicitly taught. The lessons and values spilled over from previous generations, uncorrupted by the disintegrating pressure exerted by many sections of the media of today. This creates a gap between what we want our children to know and what indeed they are learning on their own. We find no other way of bridging this gap than to go back to our ancient roots. 


Dhaatu, a non- profit organization has been founded to address this need in today’s society. The Sanskrit word Dhaatu means root, an essential ingredient, the soul, the supreme spirit. Dhaatu seeks to introduce a direction that comes from a contemplation of our roots, our origins and our rightful place and purpose in life.


What We Do

Makers of Karnataka Puppets

Puppet Shows for Cultural Platforms & Corporates


Puppet Classes and Workshops for schools and colleges

Puppet Paathashala

traditional doll exhibition


Over 10,000 dolls on display from Navaratra to Deepavali

Specialized Vyuha (war formations of Mahabharata) exhibitions

culture education


Gitaartha Katha - ongoing classes on the Bhagavad Gita for adults

Summer workshops on Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata for Children

books & publications


Publications on Puppetry, Puppet Design, Puppet Control Systems etc.

Books on Spirituality and Culture Education

dhaatu creative


Puuppets for Sale

Buy puppets on Order

Puppet Making and Doll Making Kits for Sale

The Puppet Store (Coming Soon)

Motivation Behind Dhaatu


The motivation behind Dhaatu is to instil in children eternal human values and relevant wisdoms through the medium of story telling and personal interaction – utilizing the ample material for art and expression from India’s ancient wealth: captivating stories told through epics, upanishadic episodes and historical/mythological accounts of varied, colourful and inspiring personages.​

Dhaatu aims to further traditional arts, artisans and art forms which have been instrumental in spreading traditional story lines from Indian literature and mythology and try to bring them in touch with the mainstream – by incorporating them into the courses and activities of Dhaatu

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Thank you for helping us make a difference!

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