Get Transported to the Satyuga Era with Delhi’s Ramlila!

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With the ongoing festival of Navratri, everyone is in festive mood and the much awaited Ramlila programmes of Delhi have already started in full swing. Organised by different Ramlila committees of Delhi, each one of the committees tries to outrun one another in performances, grandeur, costumes, special effects etc. Usually, performed in the evening, they tell the classic story of victory of good over evil, the inherent message of the much loved Indian epic Ramayana. As the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakaran burns down, the common man’s belief that ‘Sachhai ki hamesha jeet hoti hain’ gets more firmed. Being in the capital city at this time of the year is the best thing to do, as one can enjoy live performances of Ramlila apart from indulging in sightseeing, shopping, eating and merrymaking. Here is our list of top 5 Ramlila committees of Delhi:

Luv Kush Ramlila Committee

Asrani-in-ramlila-as-narada-muni, lav-kush-committee

When: 13th October to 23rd October

Where:  Lal Qila Maidan or Red Fort Ground at the Red Fort.

Timings: 7 p.m. onwards

Established in the year 1979, this committee is famous for inviting celebrities and putting on a lavish show with hi-tech special effects. This year, with a budget of Rs. 3 crore, it has roped in around 30 television and film actors in the cast including Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Ranjeet, Ravi Kishan, Dolly Bindra etc. Selfie lovers will be glad to know that they will be allowed to take selfies with cutouts of the actors, and gods and goddesses. For foodies, there is a food court run by LS Caterers & Co from Chandni Chowk that features 12 stalls and mouth-watering street food like vegetable kathi kebabs, aloo chaat, pav bhaji, golgappa and bhel puri.

Shri Ramlila Committee

Shri Ramlila Committee

When: 13th October to 23rd October

Where: Ramlila Maidan, Asaf Ali Road

Timings:  6 p.m. onwards

Regarded as one of the oldest and most traditional Ramlila committees of Delhi, it was started around 180 years ago by Mughal king Bahadur Shah Zafar for his army men and people. Presently, everyday before the show starts, a parade of costumed performers takes place through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, Nai Sarak and Sitaram Bazar to the Ramlila Grounds. The distinguishing feature about this Ramlila is the use of fireworks in place of modern day special effects to mark the occasion of Dussehra.

Shri Dharmic Leela Committee

Shree Dharmic Ramlila Committee

When: 13th to 23rd October

Where: Bagichi Madho Das Maidan, Chandni Chowk

Timings: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Shri Dharmic Leela Committee, being branched off from the Shri Ramlila Committee too uses firecrackers to celebrate the burning of Ravana. Every year, new lesser known episodes from the Ramayana are added to the show to make it more different from other Ramlilas. Apart from the large effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnath, it is extremely popular because of its chaat bazaar, featuring street food from all over India.

Nav Shri Dharmik Leela Committee

Nav Shree Dharmik Leela Committee

When: 13th to 23rd October

Where: Red Fort Lawns.

Timings: 7:30 p.m. onwards.

Nav Shri Dharmik Leela Committee has been in existence since 1958 and boasts of making the tallest effigy of Ravana every year during Dussehra in Delhi. Thanks to Salman Khan’s song ‘Chal beta Selfie le le re’ in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the trend to take selfies with one’s favourite Ramlila character is getting popular day by day. So this year, the committee is promoting its performance by allowing selfie lovers to click a ‘Selfie with Bhagwaan’ and upload it on the committee’s Facebook page. The person who will get maximum likes on his/her picture will be awarded by the committee.

The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra stage Ramlila at  Shri Ram Centre of New Delhi

When: 13th October to 9th November

Where: Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra theater, 1 Copernicus Marg.

Timings: 6.30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra is a centre of music, dance and performing arts. One of its well-known performances is the Ram Leela dance-drama on the story of Lord Rama that it has been showcasing since 1957. This performance beautifully blends folk and classical dance, acting and special effects, thereby creating a one-of-its-kind Ramlila show. Another highlight is the recent practice of showing the English translation of the show on the projector screens.

So, this Dussehra, reconnect with your culture, traditions and mythology by being a part of the grand celebration of victory of good over evil, light over darkness and hope over despair.


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