The Indian National Orchestra (INO) has decided to stage a concert with a puppet that can perform songs in the style of a popular Irish song.
The move comes as the orchestra prepares to launch the “Puppeteers of the Ponds” musical programme.
“We are excited about the potential of puppeteering,” INO President Deepak Sharma told reporters.
The puppet will be a young boy and will be the conductor of the orchestra, who will perform in a traditional Irish dance.
The puppeteer will be played by a boy who is about to turn five years old, Sharma said.
The INO is expected to launch its puppeteers programme in the coming months.
It is a way of encouraging the youngsters to sing their favourite songs, he said.
INO’s move comes after the Indian Government in September asked the country’s schools to stop using songs in their curricula.
In September, the country scrapped an entire set of songs in schools to promote harmony.
In a bid to promote good singing, INO chief director K.N. Narasimha Rao also suggested that music schools be allowed to use songs from popular songs in music classes.
The INO has previously performed a song in its repertoire, but it has not been as successful as the puppeteercons.
The programme is meant to be used in class but, in some schools, it has been used as an opportunity to showcase the orchestra’s repertoire, Sharma added.