Ravana Chhaya, literally ‘the shadow of Ravana’, is a 6000-year-old shadow puppet show of Odisha, which starts at night with the auspicious tradition of breaking the coconut and singing hymns to the Lord Ganesha and Rama. The show follows the Odia poetry collection, Vichitra Ramayana written by Vishwanath Khuntia, a seventeenth-century poet. The puppets used are a single-piece structure with no joints and no colors. They throw opaque shadows on the screen, and their manipulation requires great dexterity. They are made up of deerskin and are conceived in bold, dramatic poses. Apart from human and animal characters, many props such as trees, mountains, chariots, etc., are also used. Although the Ravana Chhaya puppets are smaller in size, ranging from six inches to two feet, and have no jointed limbs, the use of poetic language, music, and narration of religious themes creates a spectacular and sensitive show.