From Feb 1, dancers, actors and puppeteers will come together on a common platform to create an all-new contemporary language of puppet theatre in India. Ishara International Puppet Festival is back in Delhi with a Pandora's box of performances. Apart from the traditional rod and string puppets, there will be an emphasis on the use of props for depicting stories and epics. This year, apart from groups and artistes from India, there will be performers from the US, Germany, Iran, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Israel, Australia, Italy, Bulgaria and Ireland. Watch out for the non-verbal Kutch Theatre, Iranian theatre inspired by Rumi, a one-woman solo act from Israel and Indian stories adapted from various Gond, Santhal, Bilal and Adivasi tribal myths. There is also a special performance by Your Man's Puppets, Ireland's favourite puppet production company that livens storytelling with a dash of humour, fantasy and realism.