Delhi (oldest of Delhi) Ramlila has begun staging a Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in (Ramleela) centers. In this, the artists of Ramlila from Russia, Venezuela and other countries have attracted everyone’s attention. A Russian artist is playing the role of Surpanakha in Ramlila.
Ramleela will be staged in this 64-year-old center till October 27. However, between the protocols of Covid, the number of viewers has reduced from 600-700 to 100. All artists have also been tested for Covid.
Talking to NDTV, Padma Shri winner and director of staging, Shobha Deepak Singh said that we have been practicing since July and all precautions are being taken with the Covid test of all the artists. Shobha herself became corona positive a few days ago, but is healthy and has started making the event successful again.
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From 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, the dance and staging of Ramlila will last for the next ten days. Two giant screens have also been placed on the stage. It shows scenes involving staging in one. Whereas in the second there are stories related to the next scenes. The artists themselves do not speak dialogues, but during their presentation, music plays with dialogue from behind.
Madhavi Rastogi, who is playing the role of Sita, said that she has been acting in this Ramlila for the last 12 years. Odisha dancer Madhavi is playing Devi Sita for the second time. She is undergoing training at Kala Kendra during her Class VIII studies.
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27-year-old Russian artist Victoria Pavlukova said that she is excited about participation in Ramlila. She is playing the role of Surpanakha, sister of Ravana. He is also proficient in Chhau dance of Bengal and Jharkhand. Radha Rani of Venezuela is associated with Ramlila for the third time. Radha, an Odisha dancer, was raised in Venezuela, but her parents were highly influenced by Hinduism and Lord Krishna and used to visit temples daily. Here she was named Radha Rani.
Shivram Mahant, who became Laxman, has been associated with the Ramlila stage for 17 years. He is happy to allow artists to stay near Ramlila center during Covid period. Ramlila was inaugurated as the chief guest by Sonal Mansingh, a renowned dancer from Bharatanatyam and Odisha along with Rajya Sabha MP.