“Anurupa Roy is recognized as a major creative force in Indian Puppet Theatre. She received professional training in the art of puppetry from Dramatiska Institute at the University of Stockholm. She also holds a diploma in the Guaratelle, a tradition of glove puppetry, from the Scoula Della Guaratelle in Naples, Italy. In 1998 she established her troupe, "Kat Katha", and has worked with many mediums of expression including dance andmusic”.
Ever since her first exposure to the many Ramayanas of India, Anurupa discovered that the story of the Ramayana is the thread running through some 15 of the 22 traditional puppet theatre forms in different parts of the country. Her exposure to the many Southeast Asian versions of the Ramayana at the Asia-Pacific Artists Exchange Program in Bali also led her to think of developing a production that explored the many versions of the Ramayana, both as an oral tradition and a visual art form. Vishal K. Dar, a media artist who was also part of the exchange program, was equally fascinated by the departures from the Ramayana story familiar to him. He felt that his and Anupama’s backgrounds in animation and puppetry respectively could be brought together to create a fresh experience of this immortal tale. The collaboration led to the creation of a short experimental piece. Since then the piece has been subjected to consistent development and experimentation”.