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Hand Shadow Theater “Budrugana” was founded in Tbilisi, in 1982. Author of the Idea is a Georgian director - Gela Kandelaki. First Idea was to create a puppet theater and the company of actors wanted to travel around regions of Georgia to perform for kids. First group of actors was represented by young people with different profession.
In 1980s, because of lack of funding, buying puppets was impossible. With the advise from puppeteer Karlo Sulakauri, actors started practicing by using only hand shadows.
Art Director - Founder
Gela Kandelaki was born in 1940, May 27. In a family of famous Georgian director, Irakli Kandelaki. Gela started working with a “Georgian Film” when he was 17. In 1962 he finished Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University, directional faculty…