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Muppets have a new address

Characters include clever jackal, caring tiger

NEW DELHI — “Sesame Street” will air for the first time in Bangladesh when a Bengali version of the children’s program launches April 1, featuring Muppet characters drawn from local folklore.

Shiku, a clever jackal; Halum a caring tiger; and two children named Tuktuki and Ikri Mikri are the main characters.

“Tigers and jackals are well-known to Bangladeshi children from traditional folk stories. We think they will love these characters,” said puppeteer Mostafa Monwar, the program’s creative adviser.

Series is produced by Bangladeshi production company Nayantara with Sesame Workshop. The U.S. Agency for Intl. Development has kicked in $6.2 million for the skein, which will air on pubcaster BTV.

Some 30 countries have local versions of the American show, including neighboring India.

— Bryan Pearson

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