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

Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman battle Ravana, however with social distancing. Delhi’s long-standing Ramlila traditions have discovered new moulds this yr, within the wake of presidency restrictions on giant gatherings. With few company and even fewer actors, many Ramlila committees within the metropolis are braving the pandemic to carry out dwell in entrance of the viewers for a couple of days, this yr.

6 ft ki doori, Ravana ko bhi zaruri

Yash Chauhan, director of Delhi’s Sanskriti Kala Sangam, says they’re going to carry out in Karkardooma on Dussehra, lowering their Ramlila program, that normally spanned throughout days, to a mere three-hour-long dance drama. “Security of members and company is paramount,” insists Chauhan, including, “We additionally determined to go digital this yr, and recorded our Ramlila scenes each indoors and on the banks of Yamuna, which we’re telecasting on our social media. We did this as a result of we wish least public interplay. We’ve choreographed all the things maintaining distance in thoughts, we’ll be performing dwell on Dussehra.”

Actors acting on stage are conscious of the social distancing norms.

Shri Ramlila Committee at Indraprastha can be going dwell for 3 days with a digital telecast. “We’ve booked the Ipex Bhavan in Patparganj and humne 200 brand ki gathering ke liye put together kara hai. There’s a hole of six ft between chairs, aur hum poori Ramlila sirf teen ghante mein dikhayenge. Individuals had been eager on not breaking the custom, so we’ve decreased the variety of artistes as effectively,” says Suman Prakash Gupta, the committee’s director.

Rama ho ya Ravana, everybody wants a sanitiser

Backstage as effectively, actors are adhering to security measures. “Earlier than we began making ready, all of us underwent a Covid-19 check, after which solely we began rehearsing,” says Abhishek Sharma, who’s performing with Shri Azad Ramlila Kala Kendra in Maujpur, for the reason that first day of Navratri. “We’re checking the temperature of all artistes and company who’re coming to see the present. Backstage bhi hum masks pehente hain aur scenes ke beech mein sanitiser use kar rahe hain. Ram ho ya Ravan, is waqt sanitiser ki zarurat toh sabko hai,” he chuckles.

Masks are a must for actors performing in Ramlilas this year, and it’s another challenge for them to deliver dialogues while wearing a face mask.

Masks are a should for actors performing in Ramlilas this yr, and it’s one other problem for them to ship dialogues whereas carrying a face masks.

“All of the actors and workers had been examined earlier than we premiered the present on October 17, and all have examined destructive. Therefore the present goes on,” – Shobha Deepak Singh, director, SBKK

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s (SBKK) annual dance drama, Shri Ram can be adhering to all the rules issued by the involved authorities for Covid-19 prevention. “On the entrance we’re doing thermal screening of each customer, and in addition giving them hand sanitisers. Everybody has to put on a masks for the complete length of the efficiency! Additionally, individuals are being seated with a spot of 1 seat between them and the primary row has been stored at a distance of 10 ft from the stage. All of the actors and workers had been examined earlier than we premiered the present on October 17, and all have examined destructive. Therefore the present goes on,” says Shobha Deepak Singh, director, SBKK.

Ravana at SBKK’s dance drama ensures the safety of everyone around, and doesn’t forget to get a spurt of sanitiser every day.

Ravana at SBKK’s dance drama ensures the security of everybody round, and doesn’t neglect to get a spurt of sanitiser day by day.
Photograph courtesy: SBKK

In Delhi’s Vinod Nagar as effectively, Kamdhenu Ramlila Committee has been performing in entrance of an viewers of 200 folks. Children beneath 10 and company over the age of 60 will not be allowed! And all entrants are being offered sanitisers and masks, proper on the gate. “We preserve a distance of 1 foot whereas performing. Plus we’re performing in a manner that the viewers thinks there’s contact however there isn’t a bodily contact between actors. We’re additionally sanitising all props earlier than and after use,” says Himanshu Visht, who’s taking part in the titular position of Rama.

When Rama stated, ‘Corona se bachne ke liye samay samay pe haath dhoye’

Separate make-up rooms, thermal scanning, free masks, social-distancing, Gurugram’s one of many oldest Ramlila is happening after months of uncertainty, and with all the security norms in place. Raj Saini, from Durga Ramlila, says, “Kalakaar ka utsah thoda kam hain iss baar, kyunki kalakar ka utsah tabhi badta hai jab samne baithne wale darshak dher saari taliyon se samman karte hai. Earlier there was once 1,200-1,500 folks in viewers, which has now decreased to 400 folks. The gap between viewers and artistes is 15 ft. We tried a efficiency with face shields on, however in useless due to the fog it creates whereas speaking. Since we’re performing within the Covid period, this time the character of Rama will say: ‘Jis tarah se yeh rakshas is prithvi pe hai, jinka predominant sarvanash karne aaya hoon, issi tarah se aaj ke yug mein corona hai, usse bachne ke liye apne ghar par rahe aur samah samah pe haath dhote rahe.”

‘Ravan bhi corona ka nash karna chahta hain’

“Jisko pakda woh kaal ke panje mein phas gaya, jisko dabaya woh rasatal zameen mein dhas gaya,” says Aditya Meena aka Ravana from Durga Ramlila in Gurugram, which has been working since 19 years. Earlier than he enters the stage, he tells us: “I used to be motivated to play Ravana this yr… I used sanitiser on the stage kyunki Ravana bhi corona ka nash karna chahta hai! Isliye usne stage pe sanitiser use karke logon ko jagrook kiya. Individuals began clapping and cheering. Yearly we used to hug everybody, however now one has to take care of social distancing even from relations, particularly with the aged. Even throughout rehearsals, we maintained social distancing. And for one month we wore masks to practise… Saans lene mein bahut dikat hoti thi (It was too troublesome to breathe with the face masks on whereas we had been rehearsing for the present).”

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