A mélange of Indian, Cambodian culture, advanced tech set to surprise audience in Allahabad
One of the country’s oldest ‘Shree Patharchatti Ramleela Committee’, which is completing 180 years of its inception, will be bringing together the traditions of Indian and Cambodia culture. Lord Ram and goddess Sita will be adorning royal Cambodian-style golden crowns.Updated: Sep 08, 2017 15:30 IST
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
One of the country’s oldest ‘Shree Patharchatti Ramleela Committee’, which is completing 180 years of its inception, will be bringing together the traditions of Indian and Cambodia culture. Lord Ram and goddess Sita will be adorning royal Cambodian-style golden crowns.
The costumes for the lead characters of Ramleela ‘Katha Ramraj Kee’ have been carefully picked from cities in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka and Delhi among others. Three royal courts of king Dashrath, king Janak and king Ravana will be made to add grandeur to the annual event. The expense for staging each day of the nine-day Ramleela will come around
Rs 2 lakh. In addition, money will also be spent on make-up, wigs, costume design, embroidery, giant flags and huge curtains. A high quality digital sound equipment has been purchased from Kanpur to give special effect to the dialogues delivered on the stage.
Different episodes will be enacted on a 40X120 meter stage. The entire Ramleela ground in Rambagh spread in 70,000 square yard will be used as the stage. Audience can watch demons flying over them. They would be left surprised when on seeing the horse chariot of demon King Ravana arriving on stage from behind. ‘Tadka’ flying over the audience would be another attraction. New fibre glass idols are being prepared for using in different scenes. They will also find a giant semi-automatic idol of Kumbhkaran behind their back.
“We are the first to introduce this concept in Ramleela. We tried to mix tradition with technology to make Ramleela very interesting to watch,” shares Lallu Lal Gupta ‘Saurabh’ a senior member of Shree Patharchatti Ramleela Committee who is associated with it since 1962.
He said he got the inspiration from Cambodia-style crowns from noted actor Hema Malini who wore it once in her dance performance. “I contacted her secretary and found where I can get these crowns made. We located the people in Mumbai who are now preparing it. Though Lord Ram and goddess Sita adorn the crown for a few moments in Ramleela, it should be royal and captivating,” he added.
Another member of the committee, Rajiv Gupta ‘Bittu’, said in comparison to last year they would be spending nearly Rs 10 lakh more for making this event unique. “Last year’s budget was around Rs 15 lakh. This time all the costumers of the actors are new,” he added.
More drama this year.The famous Ramleela will be even more dramatic this year. The folk enactment of the life of Ram, ending up in a 10-day battle between Ram and Ravan, this year will have new episodes that are sure going to attract young audience at Ramleela ground in Rambagh. Demon Kabandh episode will be staged this year on September 27. Convenor and technical advisor of the Ramleela Ramchandra Patel’s team has prepared the demon which will be semi-mechanised having only a body and giant hands.
“When over 15000 people arrive to see the Ramleela, they should get something interesting to watch. Kabandh demon’s mechanised idol will be seven feet long and will be prepared at the cost of Rs 1 lakh,” shares Patel.
First Published: Sep 08, 2017 15:29 IST