This time around, the lords will come easy even to those from the Lords. Delhi’s Ramlilas, organised during the festival of Navratri that begins October 8, will woo Commonwealth Games tourists with English translators, pamphlets and air-conditioned rooms.
“We’ll have a separate wing for the foreign tourists, which will have translators to narrate the Ramlila in English, and to explain to them its significance. We’ll also hand out English-language pamphlets on the history of Ramlila,” says Ravi Jain of Shri Dharmik Leela Committee, which hosts the Ramlila in Red Fort Ground.
“We’ll have a big screen with English subtitles,” says Arjun Kumar of the Lav Kush Ramlila Committee. That’s not all. To make sure foreigners don’t suffer from a bad case of ‘Delhi belly’, food will be cooked in mineral water!
Visitors couldn’t be more thrilled. “I’ve heard a lot about the Ramlila from my friends. Now that they have translators, it’ll be an exciting experience,” says Roslyn, who arrived from Ireland recently. Apart from tourists, expats living in the city are also happy about the move.
“This will add to the experience. If you don’t know the language, it is just a bunch of people performing a play. But, with this, we will get to understand Ramlila and Indian tradition better,” says Sarah Figge, an American who has been living in the city for the past six years.