Hanumanthu Rao

Shri Sindhe Hanumanthu Rao was born on 1 June 1987 in a family of shadow puppeteers at Dharmavaram, Andhra Pradesh. He received his initial training in Tolu Bommalata from his father Sindhe Anjaneyulu and his uncles. He has gained expertise in making leather puppets and in manipulation of shadow puppets. He has participated widely in various puppetry festivals in India organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, IGNCA, Dilli Haat, International Trade Fair, Chithrakala Parishad, etc. He has been invited to international puppetry festivals in South Africa (Johannesburg), and the United States of America (New York). He has given training in leather puppetry to children through workshops at Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhopal, Ernakulam, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad. He is the Assistant Chief Promoter of Bharat Leather Puppetry Artists' Mutually Aided Cooperative Society Ltd., Dharmavaram. He has received an award from the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India in the year 2008.
Shri Sindhe Hanumanthu Rao is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2010 for his talent in the field of Tolu Bommalata (Shadow Puppetry of Andhra Pradesh).