Sangya Ojha -daughter of writer – publisher father and school-teacher and former Akashvani singer mother; was born in the sacred place of Haridwar, Uttarakhand and then brought up in Patna, Bihar. Since childhood this art – literature inclined parentage endowed ample encouragement—granted complete freehand to elder daughter and Sangya to explore their artistic traits——Sangya persuaded her classical music, classical dance, western dance, writing, theatre, and voice over skills —— Sangya was so passionate about classical dance- after learning Bharatnatyam for six-years she moved to Delhi to learn Kathak from the maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Sangya qualified with her Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia – Central University, Delhi ——in the year 2005 she gave an audition for ‘Galli Galli Sim Sim’ -Hindi Version of popular puppet show of US television ‘Sesame Street’ — here she met her mentor Mr. Martin P. Robinson, under his tutelage she mastered: puppet manipulation techniques, character creation, and puppetry performance rendering various voices. Sangya as a puppeteer started her professional journey and lend her voice to: ‘Aanchoo’, ‘Elmo’, ‘Zari’, ‘Lola’, ‘Bel’ and many other puppet characters on ‘Galli Galli Sim Sim’ -this show has successfully completed ten seasons till date.
Sangya shifted to Mumbai in the year 2011- here with her friend Hashim Haider she started her collaborative initiative ‘The Puppetarians’——Sangya got busy with writing, producing, and performing television reality shows, commercial television shows, live travel shows. The duo have bagged more than hundred shows, some of them are: Citizen Journalist show with CNN IBN, ‘Devi-Sajjan’ for Kaun Banega Crorepati with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, 9X Jalwa’s ‘Kauwaa Kauwaa’, ‘Acting Ka Keeda’ on India’s Best Dramebaaz, ‘Mogambo-Zogambo’ for DID Lil Masters, ‘Puppet Tales with Honey-Bunny’ for Sony YAY, and ‘Sona & T’ for Hindustan Ke Hunarbaz. Sangya can perform in around six different voice variations.
During the challenging phase of Pandemic 2020 in collaboration with UNICEF UP, Sangya and Hashim created a video puppet series ‘Tara Hai Taiyar’ spreading awareness among children and parents about COVID-19 —— the ‘Tara Hai Taiyar’ series has received Jagran News Media’s Awareness Warriors Awards for ‘Most out Of the Box Idea’. Sangya is hugely inspired by Mr. Jim Henson -the creator of the Muppets. Her ‘honesty’, her ‘voice’, and her imagination are the three strengths through which Sangya believes she can promptly think – create new characters and project them lively.
“To be an Indian puppeteer, and be a part of the prominent show ‘Galli Galli Sim Sim’ for many years is truly a privilege—anyone who loves puppetry knows ’Elmo’ the most popular International puppet character, and to perform Elmo in India is an honour itself—being one amongst few women puppeteers is such a great feeling. When I had started, I didn’t know of many women performing puppetry —— now, seeing many women interested in taking up puppetry as a profession makes me happy, ‘achcha lagta hai’,” Sangya delighted. On asking about her gratitudes she says, “I am grateful to have a very supportive family—they allow me to do whatever I want to do —— always stand beside me in every choice I make —— I am also thankful to Hashim, my ‘guide’ -who encourages me and puts me always before him,” Sangya proudly says. In the near future- once the world’s health crisis 2020 abates, Sangya wants to explore movie making and also plans to take on the theatrical productions which are lined up.
“In today’s world, as a career woman one can do anything and everything—if I can pursue and can successfully carry my passion as my profession- why can’t you?” – Sangya Ojha’s signing off message, specially for today’s women.