Theatre seems to have emerged in Central Asia in the 4th century BC, and was known as Maskara, in which performers wore masks. Puppet performances are recorded from the 1st century AD and were hugely popular.
Tonight we went to an outdoor evening puppet show in English at the 16th century Kukeldash madrassah, on the north side of Lyabi Haus. It is delightful: the story of an Uzbek wedding, combining music, dance and puppetry.
Puppets dressed in national costumes are a traditional Uzbek souvenir. They are invariably made with great affection and imagination. As a rule, puppets represent folk types, literary characters.