ISLAMABAD-The famous artist and author Rafi Peerzada announced that first time after 1976 the three-day 29th International puppet festival will be kicked off in Baagh-e-Qasim Karachi under the flag of Peer Rafi Theater tomorrow.

Talking to a private news channel he stated the festival would be started from 7th February, the puppet show would be for entertainment and education purpose altogether.

People of Karachi had waited for this entertainment gala since 1976 when he brought the puppet art in Karachi but soon shifted the whole crew to Lahore as conditions were more conducive there. Karachi’s social environment was not conducive and safe for the art activities back in late 70s and 80s, so we went to Lahore as the city had a spacious and well equipped art complex, he recalled.

“International puppet festival will exhibit the puppets from all over the world, old styled and contemporary puppets will also be part of the shows,” said festival director Yamina Peerzada.

The festival organizers had also included traditional Rajhistani puppets who were losing the attention and attraction of public and falling towards decline as new generation adopted modern puppetry art skills, they had received thousands of requests from the people of Karachi for organizing the festival, she added.

It would purely serve all the purposes as the researched stories had contained fun and serious moral messages to educate children and adults simultaneously, moreover it would be a family festival, she mentioned.