Press Esc to close
Monday 24 November 2014
News updated at 8:04 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day
Breaking News

Country's oldest official Ramlila will stick to tradition

Last updated: 05 October, 2010
New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS)

The country's oldest official Ramlila, which added some contemporary realities last year, will not deviate from tradition this time.

Shobha Deepak Singh, the director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra which organises the Ramlila, told reporters Tuesday: "We would adhere to the traditional spirit of the play but would improvise on the format of presentation."

However, she refused to divulge details. "In view of the universal spirit that permeates in the pre-Diwali season, we traditionally present the Ramlila - the greatest living tradition of our times, imparting timeless values," Singh said.

"Within less than two-and-a-half hours, the dance drama transports the spectator aesthetically into the country's most important epic. The show offers the best of India's culture and has thereby stood the test of time," she added.

The high point of the autumn performance calendar of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra  narrates the story of Lord Rama and his exploits in Ayodhya and in the southern isle of Lanka against demon king Ravana in the backdrop of the socio-cultural milieu and myths of the Vedic age.


The dance drama brings to stage the myths surrounding the birth of Rama, his childhood, wedding, exile and war against evil.

Laser images of cosmic events that took place during Lord Rama's time beam on a giant screen framing the stage to convey the movement of time, sun and destiny.
The serial drama will begin Oct 14 and continue till Nov 3 at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra theatre, coinciding with the celebrations of Dussehra in northern India.
Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra was the first to present an aesthetically-refined 'Sampurna Ramayan'.

"It seems like yesterday when the production started in 1957 and I exchanged ideas with (late) Nirmala Joshi, the first secretary of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Eminent Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar' wrote the script and Tapas Sen, along with Inder Razdan, designed the set and the lights," Singh recalled.

The Ramlila is "education through entertainment" - where every episode is presented in a contemporary relevance, the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra director said.
"There is a sensitive synergy between the physical portrayal as for instance in the revolving panels projected on a giant screen behind and the metaphoric continuously revolving wheel of time," she said.

The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's Ramlila was one of the first dance dramas to be shot and relayed by Delhi Doordarshan.

It has been viewed by political luminaries like Jawaharlal Nehru, Zail Singh, Indira Gandhi, S. Radhakrishnan, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rajiv Gandhi, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Zakir Hussain and N. Sanjiva Reddy.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Winners of Delhi Half Marathon 2014

Winners of Delhi Half Marathon 2014

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Players during the 3rd day of IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bengaluru...

Players during the 3rd day of IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bengaluru...

Interim President, BCCI Shivlal Yadav felicitates Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma at the BCCI...

Interim President, BCCI Shivlal Yadav felicitates Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma at the BCCI...

Migratory birds arrive to make nest at tree at Islampur in Birbhum district of West Bengal...

Migratory birds arrive to make nest at tree at Islampur in Birbhum district of West Bengal...

Decommissioned warship, INS Vikrant being wrecked at Darukhana ship breaking yard in Mumbai...

Decommissioned warship, INS Vikrant being wrecked at Darukhana ship breaking yard in Mumbai...

Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters make a formation during a parade for presentation...

Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters make a formation during a parade for presentation...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523