Ramlila organisers gearing up to attract foreigners during CWG
Ignoring the mess surrounding the controversy-marred Commonwealth Games, the Ramlila organisers around the city are gearing up to bring a slice of the epic Ramayana for the athletes and tourists.delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2010 21:02 IST
Ignoring the mess surrounding the controversy-marred Commonwealth Games, the Ramlila organisers around the city are gearing up to bring a slice of the epic Ramayana for the athletes and tourists.
The October 3-14 Games will coincide with Ramnavami, to be held from October 8-17.
Ramlila organisers are drawing up several plans to attract the foreigners to see the folk drama involving re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram.
"We are preparing air conditioned rooms for the players and the foreign delegates. We are sending out invitations and have spoken to the ambassadors of various countries," Arjun Kumar, General secretary of one of the oldest organisations Lav Kush Ramlilla committee who host the programme at Red Fort grounds, told PTI.
"We host the program near Delhi Haat in Pitampura. So, we are trying to make some foreign visitors come in here as well and are accordingly putting in place comfortable pandals for them," said Surinder Gupta, Treasurer of Sree Ramlakhan Dharmik Sabha.
Ramlila committees across the city are also looking to attract the foreigners along with the official mascot - Shera.
"We will welcome our audience with a 100 foot Shera at the gates of the venues," said Arjun Kumar.
The organisation in Pitampura says it is planning to decorate the stage with Commonwealth Games mascot in consultation with the Delhi government and hopes to attract the tourists.
"Such a big event like the Commonwealth Games is being organised in our country, so we are planning to incorporate Shera into our celebrations. We want the Ramlila celebrations to be seen as an integral part of our country," said Surinder Gupta.