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Ramlila mania grips the city

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 17, 2012
First Published: 18:47 IST(17/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:44 IST(18/10/2012)

One of the oldest Ramlila’s in the city, Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra will be presenting their 56th edition of the dramatised representation of the epic. Popular with the arty segment of the city, the experience of watching Ramlila here is very different. The artists are much more refined and sophisticated and one can enjoy the performance with a small crowd. Also, there are english subtitles along with the dialogues of the presentation.

SHRIRAM BHARATIYA KALA KENDRA
When: 6.30pm to 9.15pm
Where: Kendra Lawns, 1 Copernicus Marg, Mandi House
Tel: 011- 23386429
Entry: Tickets priced at R500, R300, R200, R100 available at Kendra

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GITABHAVANRAMLILA
This three-acre ground attracts crowd from the neighbouring residential colonies. This is one of the few Ramlilas in the city that have women acting beside men on stage. A group of students from SD Modern School along with businessmen, housewives and corporate professionals get together to put up the performance every year. “We have four generations of a family acting on stage together,” says Munish Khullar, who plays the role of Shravan. The use of crane with a carrier to depict an air-plane for Sita-haran is a key favourite amongst the crowd here. A new feature being employed this time is the Hanuman who looks like sitting in the air, hundred feet above the ground. This ground has the advantage of free and ample parking space for those coming from far.When: 9pm to 12midnight till October 24
Where: Dussehra ground, New Colony, Gurgaon
Entry: Free

SHRI DHARMIC LEELA COMMITTEE
For a typical experience of watching Ramlila in a maidan, come here. There will be exciting special effects such as a flying Hanuman.
What also makes this Ramlila special are the food stalls of various kinds selling chaat of Old Delhi.
When: 8 pm onwards
Where: Subhash Maidan, Parade Ground, Opposite Red Fort
Entry: Free for all

ASHOK VIHAR RAMLILA
This Ramlila is as hi-tech as it can get. The entire Ramlila will have computerised special effects such as showering flower petals and the shooting  of fire arrows from the bow. Unlike other Ramlilas where a change of scene involves taking a break, here the stage will be big enough to have two or three scenes taking place simultaneously.
When: 9.30pm onwards
Where: Ashok Vihar, adjacent to Major Dhyanchand Sports complex
Entry: Through passes available at the venue

NAV SHRI DHARMIK LILA COMMITTEE
This committe has been organising Ramililas since 1958 and the artists from the Nutan Kala Sangam have been performing here for the last 40 years. Apart from hi-tech performances and special effects what makes a visit worthwhile here are the food stalls. Also, enjoy a special Delhi-6 food court that will be have stalls by some of the best caterers from Old Delhi.
When: 8 pm onwards
Where: Main Red Fort Ground
Entry: Open for all

DAK-KHANA RAMLILA
Set-up near the Post office in Sadar Bazaar, this is the oldest Ramlila of Gurgaon running since 1916. Those who cannot sit on the floor have the option of paying Rs10 per day to sit on a chair. The flight of Hanuman from a tall building nearby to get the Sanjeevani Booti or medicinal herb followed by the Lakshman Moorcha on the ninth day is the most popular act. The Ground might has the capacity to accommodate 5,000.
When: 9pm to 1am till October 25
Where: Ramlila Grounds, Sankat Mochandham, Near Old Post Office, Gurgaon
Entry: Free

DURGA RAMLILA, JACOMBPURA
This on is an all male Ramlila like many. Banwarilal Saini has also won a mention in the Limca Book of Records (2006) for playing the character of Ravan since the last thirty two years. Amidst tight security, there is separate seating for single men and women while the families can sit together. The audience is encouraged to watch the performance with great attention to win a prize in the Kaun Banega Ram Bhakt (inspired by Kaun Banega Crorepati) quiz after the show every day. The scene of Lanka burning is made visually appealing with fireworks while the Ashok Vatika scene makes you feel like you are lost in a forest with fruit trees like banana, apple and guava all around.
When: 9pm to 2am till October 25
Where: Sri Durga Ramlila Ground, Jacombpura, Gurgaon
Entry: Free


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