After running uninterrupted for a record 3000 days at Ayodhya, the world famous Ramlila took a forced break on Monday and Tuesday.
Organisers said paucity of funds forced them to stop the popular show, which is enacted like a ritual in the holy city. “The state government failed to release funds forcing us to stop the show,” alleged YP Singh, director, Ayodhya Research Institute, an autonomous body, which organises the show.
"A new group takes the stage every fortnight. However, since we had no funds to give the performers, we were forced to stop the practice," Singh said while insisting that the show would resume on Wednesday as the state government has assured to look into the issue. The institute gets an annual grant of R 2.73 crore for various activities, including research work, organising Ramlila and publication of books.
“However, since an installment of R 90 lakh was not released in the last fiscal, all the activities, including the staging of Ramlila had to be stopped this week,” alleged Singh. “With another fiscal ending on March 31, the second installment of the grant has also lapsed," he added.
The Ramlila was started on May 20, 2004 during the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in UP. Meanwhile, Arun Kumari Kori, state minister for culture, said the state government had neither stopped the Ramlila nor the funds flow for the activity.
While ordering the director to resume the Ramlila from Wednesday, the minister has asked YP Singh to explain the reasons behind breaking the continuity of the prestigious show.