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Marionette maker from Egypt on a quest to revive dying art form

AP

Published : May 29, 2018, 11:26 am IST
Updated : Jul 6, 2019, 3:32 pm IST
In a tiny Cairo workshop, Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. (Photos: AP)
In a tiny Cairo workshop, Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. (Photos: AP)
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Puppets hang on the wall at the workshop of Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
Puppets hang on the wall at the workshop of Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
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Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar works on a puppet with wood at his workshop, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. The 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing puppets inspired by Egyptian life -- farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity.
Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar works on a puppet with wood at his workshop, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. The 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing puppets inspired by Egyptian life -- farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity.
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Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, top, prepares puppets during a performance at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt.
Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, top, prepares puppets during a performance at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt.
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Sculptures of puppet faces made by Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, lay on a table at his workshop, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
Sculptures of puppet faces made by Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, lay on a table at his workshop, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
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Puppeteers of Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar's team moves a puppet during a preformance at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
Puppeteers of Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar's team moves a puppet during a preformance at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
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Marionettes of Umm Kalthoum, the most famed singer of classical Arabic music, and her band, made by Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, perform at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. The 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing puppets inspired by Egyptian life -- farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity.
Marionettes of Umm Kalthoum, the most famed singer of classical Arabic music, and her band, made by Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, perform at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. The 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing puppets inspired by Egyptian life -- farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity.
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Puppeteers who are part Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar's team preform with marionettes at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt
Puppeteers who are part Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar's team preform with marionettes at the El Sawy Cultural Center, in Cairo, Egypt
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Puppets made by Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, are displayed against a black backdrop, at his workshop, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
Puppets made by Egyptian artist Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar, are displayed against a black backdrop, at his workshop, in Cairo, Egypt. Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art.
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