UP’s Ramlila colours at in­ter­na­tional fest

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO -

In a de­par­ture from cus­tom, the ef­figy of Ra­van is not burnt but wor­shipped in the Ramlila of Jaswant­na­gar, Etawah. In Darana­gar, Kaushambi, a ‘kuppi’ war marks the acts from the epic Ra­mayan. The Ramlila of Bal­lia is said to have made an im­mense con­tri­bu­tion in the free­dom move­ment and the Bak­shi ki Talab (Lucknow) Ramlila is an ex­am­ple of Hindu-Mus­lim unity. The colours are equally vi­brant in Sri Lanka, Mau­ri­tus, Trinidad and Tobago and Thai­land, where Ramlila is en­acted with the same fer­vour.

The var­i­ous forms and for­mats of the en­act­ment would be show­cased at an In­ter­na­tional Ramlila Fes­ti­val in New Delhi in 2015. While the Indira Gandhi Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre would host the event, the Ay­o­d­hya Re­search In­sti­tute--a wing of UP’s cul­ture depart­ment-- would be the lead­ing as­so­ciate for the mega event.

A con­sul­ta­tion to pon­der over the var­i­ous plans and chalk out the events was hosted by the cul­ture depart­ment at Jai Shankar Prasad hall, Qais­erbagh on Fri­day.

“This is the sec­ond con­sul­ta­tion hosted as a pre­lude to the mega fest that would wit­ness par­tic­i­pa­tion from across In­dia and abroad. Two more sim­i­lar con­sul­ta­tions would be hosted in the north-east and in Ker­ala so as to in­clude the flavour of the en­tire coun­try in the fest,” said YP Singh, di­rec­tor Ay­o­d­hya Re­search In­sti­tute.

“UP has had a very rich cul­ture of Ramlila and our ses­sion here is aimed at ex­tract­ing ideas for the Fes­ti­val. As per the plan till now, the fes­ti­val would have an elab­o­rate ex­hi­bi­tion of pic­tures and doc­u­ments re­lated to Ramlila, food fes­ti­val, hand­i­crafts, per­for­mances and a con­fer­ence,” said Prof Mauli Kaushal from Indira Gandhi Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Also present were mem­bers of var­i­ous Ramlila com­mit­tees in the state, aca­demi­cians, cul­ture ex­perts and oth­ers.

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