Opened to a full house at the Sri Ram Centre, Ramayana shows the diversity and integrity of India in a true way. It was conceived by a man from Uttar Pradesh while in Mumbai with a theme that is entirely from Rajasthan. The play is a novel combination of ballet and puppetry. The artists with stylised movements, costumes and masks create an illusion of wooden puppets. Though the masks have faces, crowns and headgears painted on them but the skillful execution by all the artists give the faces whimsical emotions. THN presents a photo journey of the theatrical.
Interesting facts about the play, Ramayana
1. The play was first performed on January 06, 1953.
2. The costumes made at that time are still used, including the masks.
3. Till date, the play has been staged 600 times in 60 countries.
Cast and credits
Pratap Mohanta, Dipati Mohanta, Shruti Kirati Barik, Padama Sonkar, Laxman Samant, Saulat Yar Khan, Shailendra Singh, Upendra Mohanta, Vipin Salve, Kiran Maran, Monikya Panday Bohare, Apoorv Dutt Mishra, Raghvendra Yadav, Harsh Daund, Nikhil Patel, Uday Shahne, Vimlesh Patel, Ram Prakash Tripathi, Ayush Tiwari, Ravendra Kushwaha, Deepak Ingle, Nirupa Joshi (Group Leader)
Music Bahadur Hussain Khan and Abani Das Gupta
Costumes Gul Bardhan
Lyrics Dashrathlal Singh
Masks Appuni Kartha
Choreographer Shanti Bardhan
Text and images by Supriya Aggarwal