CM meets ‘Ram­leela’ artistes from In­done­sia, says world has to rise above in­tol­er­ance

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW : A del­e­ga­tion of Ram­leela artistes from In­done­sia called on chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence on Satur­day.

Yogi gifted the del­e­gates ‘ang vas­tras’, a Ram Dur­bar, Patt style of pic­tures from Odisha and the book ‘Kashi Ki Ram Leela’.

Adityanath ob­served how de­spite 86% of In­done­sia’s pop­u­la­tion be­ing Mus­lim and merely 5% Hindu, the cul­ture of the na­tion was based on the Ra­mayan.

“This is be­cause all the peo­ple in In­done­sia treat Lord Ram as their an­ces­tor,” he said.

He said ev­ery­one was wit­ness to the rapid growth of In­done­sia and added the world would have to adopt this model by ris­ing above re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance so that there is peace around the globe. He added Lord Ram was revered world-wide and pointed out how this mes­sage came across loud and clear in In­done­sia, Malaysia (Mus­lim coun­tries) and Bud­dhist na­tions like Thai­land and Cam­bo­dia.

For the last three years, the In­dian Coun­cil of Cul­tural Re­la­tions has been send­ing groups for stag­ing in­ter­na­tional Ram­lee­las to var­i­ous states af­ter their per­for­mance in Delhi. In 2015, Ram­leela groups from Cam­bo­dia and Fiji per­formed in Luc­know and Ay­o­d­hya. In 2016, a group from Thai­land had per­formed at these places.

This year, a five-mem­ber group from In­done­sia was in Luc­know and Ay­o­d­hya be­tween Septem­ber 13-15 to per­form. This group from Jakarta (Bali) was led by Agung Rai and com­prised Ke­tuk Su­parna, Apitu Asthana, Vayam Anarwa, Hir Ashubh and Mo Ik­sung. Of­fi­cials of the so­cial cul­tural divi­sion of the In­done­sian em­bassy in In­dia were also present dur­ing the meet­ing.

Peo­ple had en­joyed the Ram­leela per­for­mance at the tourism bhawan au­di­to­rium on Septem­ber 13. The artistes had per­formed with­out any di­a­logues, with the help of light and sound and their ex­pres­sions.

On Septem­ber 15, it was again en­acted at the au­di­to­rium of the Dr. Ram Manohar Lo­hia Avadh Univer­sity. All these artistes have been per­form­ing since the age of five years but have come for the first time to In­dia. They ex­pressed hap­pi­ness at be­ing able to visit Ay­o­d­hya where Ma­hant Nirtya Gopal­das blessed the artistes.

Also present dur­ing the meet­ing was prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (Tourism, In­for­ma­tion and Re­li­gious Af­fairs) Avan­ish Ku­mar Awasthi, sec­re­tary (Cul­ture) Anita C. Meshram and di­rec­tor of the Ay­o­d­hya Shodh Sansthan Dr Yo­gen­dra Pratap Singh.

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Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath with In­done­sian artistes in Luc­know on Satur­day.

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