Rukada is what a puppet is called in Sri Lanka. It literally means figure or doll that is made of wood. It started with the south – eastern artists in the country, who made masks. When they started to make dolls for entertainments, they were soon joined by musicians and actors and began to perform at festivals and fairs. Puppetry has been a basic folk art in Sri Lanka, but it started to become famous in the country about 300 years ago.