New Delhi’s Kathputli slum is a place of fading traditions. For over half a century, 2,800 artist families have called its narrow alleyways home. There are jugglers and acrobats, puppeteers and painters, folk singers and magicians, many of who are well-respected artists in India and abroad. In 2009, the New Delhi government sold Kathputli to developers for a fraction of its worth. The land is to be bulldozed to make room for the city’s first-ever skyscraper, which was intially going to be called Raheja Phoenix. We follow three of Kathputli’s most talented performers as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction.
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