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Big Crowd Turnout in the Rain Wows Indian Performers

Thousands of people braved the rain to watch Ayodhya’s Ram Lila, a live drama performed by artists from India on Monday night at Subrail Park in Labasa. The group leader,
19 Oct 2016 11:15
Big Crowd Turnout  in the Rain Wows  Indian Performers
Ayodhya's Ram Lila, a live drama performed by artists from India at Subrail Park in Labasa on Monday night. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Thousands of people braved the rain to watch Ayodhya’s Ram Lila, a live drama performed by artists from India on Monday night at Subrail Park in Labasa.

The group leader, Yogendra Singh, said he was surprised to see families with their children carrying umbrellas and tarpaulins just to witness their drama.

“We were very much excited to see a big crowd turnout despite heavy rain and seeing their enthusiasm made us feel at home,” Mr Singh said.

“Ram Lila is about bringing families together. This modern world has changed many people’s lifestyle where we find family time replaced by modern technologies.

“We see parents communicating with each other and their children using numerous technology applications instead of sitting down together to talk.”

He said Ram Lila was a programme organised to bring families, friends and relatives together and have them devoted to God.

Ram Lila has received considerable global attention because of its diverse representations, especially among the Indian Diaspora and regions where Hinduism has spread like Fiji, Trindad, Guyana, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Holland, Britain, North America and several South East Asian countries.

“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has proclaimed that the tradition of Ram Lila is a master piece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity in 2005,” Mr Singh said.

“Ram Lila (literally ‘Rama’s Lila or play’) is a folk re-enactment of major events in the Lila of Lord Ram. Lila refers to the mystery of God appearing in his own creation and performing actions effortlessly and without desire.

“Ram Lila ends with an epic battle between Lord Ram and Ravan as described in the Hindu religious epic, the Ramayan of Tulsidas also called the Ramcharitmanas.

“All artists are male including the role played by Sita.”

The chief guest and special administrator of Labasa and Savusavu Town, Vijay Chand, praised the organisers for an historical and educational programme. 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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