The Calcutta Puppet Theatre will perform an award-winning puppet play ‘Aladin’ after a gap of 16 years in the city. The first show of the iconic puppet play will be showcased free of cost for underprivileged children from across the city at Balgandharva Rangmandir on January 24. The event has been organised by a city-based cultural organisation Sanskritam in collaboration with Lions Service Forum. The second show will be organised free of cost in collaboration with Bank of Maharashtra and Indian Oil for slum children of the city at Nehru Memorial Hall on January 25. The play, directed by Suresh Dutta (82), who trained in puppetry under Sergei Obratsov at the State Central Puppet Theatre, Moscow, was awarded Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1988.