There’s something deeply disturbing about the folk art on display at the privately owned Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal museum in Udaipur, India—as if the dusty old puppets, masks, and dolls on display might come alive at any minute. Sure enough, that’s what happens in the museums’ kathputli theatre, which hosts daily marionette shows modeled after the ones that once entertained royals. You won’t have any idea what’s happening onstage, although the ribald humor transcends any language barrier. Elsewhere in the museum, you’ll see ornaments, folk music instruments, paintings, tribal jewelry and turbans, henna prints, and handicrafts from Rajasthan’s Mewar region. Entry is 20 rupees (31 cents) for Indians and 35 rupees (54 cents) for foreigners; the camera fee costs an additional 20 rupees for photos and 50 rupees (78 cents) for video—well worth it if you’re into creep shows.
Saheli Marg, Madhuban, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India; +91-294-252-5077.