Ram is a computer engineer based in Kolkata. Sita has completed her BA Honours and is now pursuing B Ed. Bharat is an MBA, Meghnad is an employee in the Indian Railways and Ravan is a recognised Doordarshan artiste.
Defying stereotypes, a young and educated brigade is charging up the Aishbagh Ramlila that will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dussehra. Thrilled to the core at the prospect of enacting the final act of the epic before the PM, the artistes are busy rehearsing overtime. And what’s on their wish list? Just a photograph with the PM!
The youths are a part of the group from West Bengal that has been performing the Ramlila at this ground for a decade now. While education and career are top on the agenda for all young members of the group, enacting the tale from the Ramayan is their passion and that is what brings them here every year.
“We have been doing it since our childhood. The fact that many of us have got admission to good colleges and have promising careers and jobs does not mean that we will leave our favourite act,” said Rahul Chatterjee, who is playing Ram.
Asked about the special preparations for the year, since the final act would be performed before the PM, Bhaskar Basu, leader of the group, said, “The team is excited and busy in rehearsals.”