One Of Delhi’s Oldest Ramleela Begins With Covid Protocols

New Delhi:

One of the well-known Ramleela performs within the nationwide capital, which has been working reveals for six a long time, has begun with COVID-19 protocols in place. The variety of viewers has been restricted to 100 from the standard 600-700 and common Covid checks have been made obligatory for the artists.

The Ramleela, which is in its sixty fourth 12 months, is being held at Delhi’s Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. The reveals will run until October 27.

Artists from Russia and Venezuela are additionally performing within the present. The character of Ravana‘s sister – Surpanakha – is being performed by a Russian artist.


The scene the place Surpanakha is making an attempt to entice Lakshman.

A Padmashree awardee and Director of the play, Shobha Deepak Singh, advised NDTV, “We took all precautions. The rehearsals have been happening since July and common Covid checks had been executed for artists. I additionally examined optimistic a couple of weeks in the past however got here again to proceed rehearsals submit restoration. We’re hopeful viewers will enhance within the upcoming days.”

The dance-drama will happen for 10 days, from 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM. Two screens have been put in on the stage -one on the centre which shows photos related to the scene and one other display screen on a nook that give the synopsis of the acts being carried out. There are not any dialogues however there may be commentary with particular results and music.

Madhvi Rastogi who performs the character of Sita mentioned, “I’ve been taking part in Ramleelas for 12 years now. That is the second time that I’ll play the character of Sita. I’m from Odisha and I’m a educated Odissi dancer. For the reason that time I used to be class 8, I’ve been receiving coaching below this Kala Kendra.”

On being requested whether or not she feared performing amid the Covid state of affairs she mentioned, “All guidelines are being adopted and checks are being carried out so we felt assured. There isn’t a greater inspiration than our Ma’am (Director Shobha Deepak Singh) who examined optimistic however got here again with higher vigour to proceed the preparations.”

27-year-old Russian artist Viktoria Pavlyukova advised NDTV, “I’m very excited and completely satisfied to be part of this play. That is the second time that I’m taking part in a Ramleela however the first time that I’m

taking part in Surpnakha.” She is a pupil of Chhau dance kind (a people dance of West Bengal and Jharkhand).

For 22-year-old Radha Rani from Venezuela, who is likely one of the dancers within the play, that is the third time that she is taking part in a Ramleela. She is a educated Odissi dancer and had an attention-grabbing story behind her identify, “I used to be born and introduced up in Venezuela however my mother and father used to go to a temple close to our dwelling in Venezuela. They cherished Indian traditions and had been devotees of Lord Krishna. So, after I was born, they determined to provide me this lovely identify.”

Shivram Mahanta, who performs the character of Lakshman ,has been taking part in Ramleelas for 17 years. He mentioned, “This time we got a hostel lodging throughout the premises in order that the artists wouldn’t need to exit and work together with different individuals and face the chance of exposing themselves to the an infection. This measure helped us really feel extra protected.”

On the inauguration day, the Chief Visitor was Sonal Mansingh, famend Bharatnatyam and Odissi dancer and Rajyasabha MP.

For a higher emotional join, the play is choreographed in such a way that the artists don’t simply stay confined to the stage but in addition come and act close to the viewers space throughout the play. Within the closing act , the entire stage is lit up with tons of of diyas to symbolise Diwali, the homecoming of Lord Rama in Ayodhya after finishing his 14-year exile.

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