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In a first, Delhi to mark ‘virtual’ Dussehra today with electronic fireworks

Dussehra 2021: Ramlila committees in Delhi have reduced the size of these folklore re-enactments effigies this year due to the Covid-19 situation and concerns regarding pollution.
Dussehra 2021: The Ramlila is a cycle of plays that recounts the epic story of Lord Rama, particularly relating to the dramatic plays and dance events staged during the annual autumn festival of Navratri. (File Photo)
Dussehra 2021: The Ramlila is a cycle of plays that recounts the epic story of Lord Rama, particularly relating to the dramatic plays and dance events staged during the annual autumn festival of Navratri. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 09:29 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Durga Puja, Ramlila organisers in Delhi reel from bruising Covid punch

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) last week allowed Durga Puja celebrations this year but with several riders — organisers will have to ensure venues do not have visitors beyond the seating capacity, and there can be no stalls of any kind
An artisan at work on a Durga idol at CR Park in south Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
An artisan at work on a Durga idol at CR Park in south Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 08, 2021 02:27 AM IST
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BySweta Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Permits came too late’: For 2nd year, Delhi will miss 180-year-old Ramlila

Started during the reign of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, a Ramlila procession from Chandni Chowk to Ajmeri Gate used to be a highlight of the celebrations.
An October 1975 photo of the Ramlila procession in Chandni Chowk.(HT File Photo)
An October 1975 photo of the Ramlila procession in Chandni Chowk.(HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 04:21 AM IST
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BySadia Akhtar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: Preparations begin as Ramlila groups greet green light for festivities

According to the DDMA, Ramlila organisers will have to ensure that the number of people does not exceed the venue’s total seating capacity, and that no stalls or fairs are set up.
Only vaccinated individuals and artistes will be allowed to enter the premises (Sanchit Khanna/HT archive)
Only vaccinated individuals and artistes will be allowed to enter the premises (Sanchit Khanna/HT archive)
Updated on Sep 30, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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BySadia Akhtar, New Delhi

DDMA likely to decide today on Ramlilas, reopening of schools for classes 6-8

  • Officials of some prominent Ramlila organising committees in Delhi met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday and urged him to lift the curbs imposed due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
A DDMA-constituted panel has recommended phase-wise reopening of schools in the national capital. It had recommended reopening schools for classes nine to 12 from September 1.(KESHAV SINGH/HT)
A DDMA-constituted panel has recommended phase-wise reopening of schools in the national capital. It had recommended reopening schools for classes nine to 12 from September 1.(KESHAV SINGH/HT)
Published on Sep 29, 2021 05:32 AM IST
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Written by Susmita Pakrasi | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Ramlila a non-starter in the land of Ravana worshippers

Bisrakh—a village in Gautam Budh Nagar, about 30 km from Connaught Place, does not organise Ramlila or celebrate Dussehra, which is in fact the day of mourning for villagers. Local legend has it that Bisrakh is the birthplace of Ravana, the demon king and the ruler of Lanka.
The Shiva temple in Bisrakh, Gautam Budh Nagar, which according to the local legend was established by demon king Ravana’s father Vishrava. Local residents claim that it was at this temple that Ravana, along with Vishrava, used to worship Lord Shiva. They say that they don’t organise Ramlila and Dussehra is a day of mourning for them. (HT Photo)
The Shiva temple in Bisrakh, Gautam Budh Nagar, which according to the local legend was established by demon king Ravana’s father Vishrava. Local residents claim that it was at this temple that Ravana, along with Vishrava, used to worship Lord Shiva. They say that they don’t organise Ramlila and Dussehra is a day of mourning for them. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 04:16 AM IST
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ByManoj Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Ramlila 2020: Ravana might be scared of Rama, but for corona there’s sanitiser!

Thermal screening, usage of masks, regular sanitisation and social distancing norms are all in place as Ramlila troupes take centre stage in Delhi-NCR amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rama ho ya Ravana, everyone needs a sanitiser, say Ramlila actors in the Capital.
Rama ho ya Ravana, everyone needs a sanitiser, say Ramlila actors in the Capital.
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 06:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMallika Bhagat (With inputs by Naina Arora), New Delhi

Permissions, tests, masks, checks: How a Ramlila overcame the odds

The SBKK’s Ramlila has, over the years, seen the participation of some the biggest names in classical music and dance, and has figured prominently on the capital’s cultural calendar.
Ram and Ravana face off during the Ramlila at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.(HT photo)
Ram and Ravana face off during the Ramlila at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.(HT photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2020 05:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByManoj Sharma

Ramlila takes an online turn to guard against Covid-19

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had issued an order on October 11 allowing Navratri and Durga Puja functions in the city, while following social distancing norms, limiting attendees, and prohibiting fairs and processions.
The Red Fort lawns, usually teeming with people on the first day of Navratri celebrations, stood empty on Saturday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
The Red Fort lawns, usually teeming with people on the first day of Navratri celebrations, stood empty on Saturday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 02:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKainat Sarfaraz

Ramlila tradition to pause due to Covid-19? Actors, organisers in despair

Delhi witnesses hundreds of Ramlilas every year, but this year due to the pandemic, the permission to allow organisation of these, is still awaited, leading to disappointment among actors and organisers.
Hundreds of artists, gigantic stage and thousands of audience make Ramlilas in Delhi-NCR a spectacle that can only be witnessed to be believed.(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT)
Hundreds of artists, gigantic stage and thousands of audience make Ramlilas in Delhi-NCR a spectacle that can only be witnessed to be believed.(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 01:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMallika Bhagat, New Delhi

As Chandigarh battles Covid-19, no ‘Ramlilas’ this festive season

With less than 10 days left for Navratri to begin, no signs of hosting the Ramlila events are visible in Chandigarh. Navratri will be observed from October 17 to October 25.
A health workercollects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus testing during a special coronavirus testing camp, at Chandigarh Press club, in Sector 27, Chandigarh (Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
A health workercollects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus testing during a special coronavirus testing camp, at Chandigarh Press club, in Sector 27, Chandigarh (Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:32 AM IST
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Chandigarh | ByAsian News International | Posted by Karan Manral

Uttar Pradesh: Ramnagar Ramlila goes digital on Twitter

On September 30, the first episode of Ramlila featuring puppets was uploaded on @ghatwalk at 5pm
This year, Ramnagar’s Ramlila could not be held due to the pandemic.(HT Archive)
This year, Ramnagar’s Ramlila could not be held due to the pandemic.(HT Archive)
Published on Oct 02, 2020 04:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi | BySudhir Kumar

Covid-19: Varanasi’s Ramnagar Ramlila may not be staged this year

Ramnagar Ramlila had started in the early 1800s during the reign of the then Kashi Naresh, Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh. Each year, it starts on Anant Chaturdashi and continues for the next 31 days
Varanasi’s famous Ramnagar Ramlila.(HT file photo)
Varanasi’s famous Ramnagar Ramlila.(HT file photo)
Published on Sep 09, 2020 11:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi | BySudhir Kumar

Pupils of AKSIPS Chandigarh stage the Ramlila

Important or interesting events that took place in Chandigarh schools recently.
Students sang Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram.(HT Photo)
Students sang Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2019 03:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

PHOTOS: Vibrant scenes from Ramlila over the years

The Ramlila in progress at Seri Manch Mandi. (Birbal Sharma/Hindustan Times) 6
The Ramlila in progress at Seri Manch Mandi. (Birbal Sharma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 08, 2019 06:42 PM IST
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Ravi Kishan: Main bada muhfat aadmi hun

While dressing up to play Angad in a Ramlila in Delhi, actor-politician Ravi Kishan talks about the uncertainty with which he lives his life.
Actor Ravi Kishan played Angad in Ramlila at Derawala Nagar near Model Town in Delhi.(PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT)
Actor Ravi Kishan played Angad in Ramlila at Derawala Nagar near Model Town in Delhi.(PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT)
Published on Oct 08, 2019 02:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Being Rama: This computer teacher loves his role literally

For 28-year-old Anuj Pandey, Lord Rama is the guiding light that has been constantly illuminating his life. A government schoolteacher from Uttar Pradesh, Anuj plays the character of Lord Rama in Ramlila organised at Rajguru Nagar Dussehra fair every year.
Anuj Pandey (left, standing) with other characters of Ramlila being organised in Rajguru Nagar on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Anuj Pandey (left, standing) with other characters of Ramlila being organised in Rajguru Nagar on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 07, 2019 10:29 PM IST
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ByTarsem Singh Deogan, Ludhiana

Epic show: Three generations of Ram’s family celebrate 50 years of Ramlila

Bhagwati Prashad Gaur, who was born in Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, came to Chandigarh in 1969
BP Gaur helping his son Deepak Gaur to prepare for the role of Ram in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on September 1.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)
BP Gaur helping his son Deepak Gaur to prepare for the role of Ram in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on September 1.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)
Published on Oct 03, 2019 01:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByRajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

Four generations of Mathura clan are cast & crew of Ramlila

The act is being directed by a 26-year-old accountant, who left his high-paying job in Dubai to pursue his family business
Members of the Chaturvedi clan from Mathura in their costumes ahead of their first Ramlila performance this year at the Ramlila ground in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Saturday.(SANJEEV SHARMA/HT)
Members of the Chaturvedi clan from Mathura in their costumes ahead of their first Ramlila performance this year at the Ramlila ground in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Saturday.(SANJEEV SHARMA/HT)
Published on Sep 28, 2019 11:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByRajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

Ramnagar Ramlila: All about the 200-yr-old cultural extravaganza

Large number of pepole, including many foreigners, arrive annually to watch the huge processions and performances at Ramnagar Ramlila.
The Ramnagar Ramlila began on Thursday, September 12. The Kshir Sagar tableau was recreated in Ramnagar pokhra or pond.(HT Photo)
The Ramnagar Ramlila began on Thursday, September 12. The Kshir Sagar tableau was recreated in Ramnagar pokhra or pond.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 11:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi | ByHT Correspondent

Farmers’ protest in Delhi LIVE updates: Traffic police issues advisory, ask commuters to avoid certain routes

Thousands of farmers from across the country started marching towards Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Thursday to participate in two-day “Kisan Mukti March” to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce, a week after their counterparts staged a similar protest in Maharashtra’s Mumbai.Here are the live updates:

Updated on Nov 29, 2018 08:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

10-year-old girl falls in Ghaziabad drain, body found after 14 hours

A 10-year-old girl slipped into a small gap between a cemented pipe and a culvert wall above a drain on a footpath in Indirapuram while returning home with her father after watching Dussehra celebrations on Friday night, police said.
Police and NDRF personnel used deep divers and cutting instruments to cut off the cemented portions of the drain.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Police and NDRF personnel used deep divers and cutting instruments to cut off the cemented portions of the drain.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2018 10:21 AM IST
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Ghaziabad | ByPeeyush Khandelwal

Man who played Ravan at Ramlila dies in Amritsar train tragedy

Dalbir had got married last year and has an eight-month old daughter.
Dalbir Singh(File picture)
Dalbir Singh(File picture)
Updated on Oct 20, 2018 12:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByParampreet Singh Narula

Delhi set to celebrate Dussehra: Ravanas ready to flash and burn

The Ravana effigy at Netaji Subhash Place grounds will have a moveable tongue. The 60-foot tall effigies were given finishing touches by a team of around 15 artisans on Thursday.
A view of effigies of Ravana on the eve of Dussehra festival at NSG ground Pitampura in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A view of effigies of Ravana on the eve of Dussehra festival at NSG ground Pitampura in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 02:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

They are arch-rivals in Ramlila, but brothers in real life

Rohit, the more experienced among the two brothers, has been performing at the Ramlila for the past eight years.
Mohit Kumar donning the role of Ram engaged in a duel with his brother Rohit Kumar as Ravana, as their father Pradeep Kumar looks on at Navyug Ramlila in Sector 7, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Mohit Kumar donning the role of Ram engaged in a duel with his brother Rohit Kumar as Ravana, as their father Pradeep Kumar looks on at Navyug Ramlila in Sector 7, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2018 11:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByRajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

Ramlila: Now showing on a road in Thane

Like the Vishwakarmas, over 20 artistes are part of Thane’s sole Ram Leela organised by Indira Nagar Vikas Mandal since 1994.
Artistes perform Ramlila at Wagale estate in Thane.(Praful Gangurde)
Artistes perform Ramlila at Wagale estate in Thane.(Praful Gangurde)
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 12:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMegha Pol, Thane

Union minister Harsh Vardhan plays King Janak in Ramleela at Red Fort

The Environment Minister tried his hand in acting at the popular Ramleela depicting the life of Lord Rama organised by the Luv Kush committee in the sprawling grounds of the Red Fort.
As he delivered his dialogues on the mega stage, Harsh Vardhan slipped in the message about clean environment.(Dr Harsh Vardhan/ Twitter)
As he delivered his dialogues on the mega stage, Harsh Vardhan slipped in the message about clean environment.(Dr Harsh Vardhan/ Twitter)
Updated on Oct 13, 2018 10:50 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

This Bihar Ramlila has prominent characters, from Sita to Shiva, played by Muslims

The Ramlila at Sato Awanti village, situated 190 km from Patna in Kaimur district, is a long-standing exemplification of the region’s composite culture.
The stage is set for the Ramlila — the dramatic re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Lord Ram performed in the run-up to Dussehra — in this small Bihar village, with Muslims plentiful among the performers, organisers and the audience.(HT Photo)
The stage is set for the Ramlila — the dramatic re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Lord Ram performed in the run-up to Dussehra — in this small Bihar village, with Muslims plentiful among the performers, organisers and the audience.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 08:45 AM IST
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ByPrasun K Mishra

Harsh Vardhan as King Janak: Union ministers to star in Ramlila this year

Two Union ministers and two top BJP leaders will be donning the grease paint for Ramlila in Delhi in October.
Union minister Harsh Vardhan will essay the role of King Janak, father of Sita, while Vijay Sampla play Himavat, father of the goddess Parvati.(PTI)
Union minister Harsh Vardhan will essay the role of King Janak, father of Sita, while Vijay Sampla play Himavat, father of the goddess Parvati.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 20, 2018 08:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNamya Sinha

Congress to rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan against growing ‘intolerance’

Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said people were “suffocated” under the four-year tenure of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
The April 29 rally is seen by political observers as an extension of the Congress’ plan to reach out to people after the second half of the Parliament’s budget session was washed out.(PTI File Photo)
The April 29 rally is seen by political observers as an extension of the Congress’ plan to reach out to people after the second half of the Parliament’s budget session was washed out.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 07:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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