For 64-year-old Sanjivan Lal, Dusshera is more than a festival. “Pachas saal se Ravana bana rahe hain, itna samajh gaya ki insaan jitna khataranak hai, Ravana nahei ho sakta”, says Lal, while concentrating on giving the final shape to an effigy of Ravana.
“This month brings joy for me and my family,” said Lal.
Around 15 days before the festival, Lal along with other family members starts preparations on Jail road where he has been carrying out his work since 50 years.
“I was a child when I started making Ravaan, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran, the tradition was started by my father,” said Lal.
“We cannot afford to come a month ago, as police does not let us work,” said Lal’s younger brother.
“Craze for Dusshehra has increased over the years. People burn the effigies to mark the win of good over bad.”
“But it is important to kill inner evil first,” he doesn’t forget to mention.
“After school I come here to observe how uncle makes it,” said Akash, his nephew who is learning the technique.
The Ramlila culture in the city is on the brink.
Previously some of the famous Ramlilas were carried out in Machi Market, Paratap Bhag and Basti Sheikh areas but now only a few groups organise Ramlila.
“People don’t have interest in Ramlila anymore, as everyone is busy in their lives,” said Lal.
Ramlila directors are now attempting at incorporation of humour element in their skits.
In Kala Sanghian village, every year a skit, Modern Shravan, is incorporated in Ramlila.
In the skit the son is beating his parents whereas Shravan according to mythology was emblem of a dedicated son.
Vishal Sharma, a doctor, who plays the role of Modern Shravan said that the craze to see Ramlila has vanished.
“Skits like these help in making the audience connect to Ramlila,” Sharma said.