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From the banks of Yamuna, socially distanced Ramlila premieres on YouTube

Written by Ashna Butani
| New Delhi |

October 18, 2020 3:43:08 am


Artistes dressed up as characters from the Ramayana on Saturday. Praveen Khanna

On the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi Saturday night, Ram, Laxman and Hanuman geared as much as battle Ravan and win Sita again. Three cameras pointed at them as they readied for the ultimate take of the night. Beginning right this moment, the Ramlila — shot in eight components over two days — premieres on a YouTube channel, as a substitute of the standard opening night time — a three-hour stage present in entrance of a dwell viewers.

Within the wake of Covid-19 and with restrictions on large gatherings, the longstanding custom of Ramlila has discovered a brand new manner of reaching keen audiences. One such instance is Sanskriti Kala Sangam, which has determined to go digital and has been capturing scenes for 2 days indoors and on the Yamuna financial institution. In between takes, actors sprayed sanitiser on their arms, and masks lined the heavy make-up on their faces throughout breaks.

The director of this Ramlila, Yash Chauhan, who performs the titular function of Ram, informed The Indian The Press Reporter, “We’ve got been doing stage reveals for years however that is the primary time we’re capturing it on digicam. The present has been directed in such a manner that bodily contact is minimal, and dances have been choreographed maintaining distance in thoughts.”

The 9 actors of Sanskriti Kala Sangam got here collectively to carry out for the primary time for the reason that lockdown. Aside from being uploaded on a number of YouTube channels, the present might be screened over 9 days on a projector on the Diwali Razzmatazz Competition in Canada, stated make-up artist Archana Rajput (24).

Modifications are lots this yr. There is no such thing as a inexperienced room or make-up room, and a WagonR parked within the neighborhood doubles up because the vainness van. The jugalbandi of musicians too might be lacking, as there is no such thing as a dwell singing this time. As a make-up artist utilized chandan dots over the eyebrow of 20-year-old Harshita, who performs Sita, she stated, “It isn’t simple to prepare in a automobile. As educated classical dancers, we now have by no means carried out and not using a stage and an viewers… Again within the day, my grandfather used to play the function of Sita, my father too was a dancer within the Ramlila, and now I’m. We’re what we’re due to the viewers… we are going to miss them.” A educated Kathak dancer, she has been performing within the Ramlila for 3 years.

In the meantime, Archana ensures that lipsticks, basis, eye shadow and rouge for cheeks usually are not shared between actors and dancers anymore: “Earlier than the lockdown, we had already booked slots in Chennai and Kerala, which needed to be cancelled, sadly… All the things is totally different now.”

Rehearsals too occurred on-line this yr. Dancers posted apply movies on-line, whereas actors uploaded scenes for suggestions. They’re guaranteeing that scenes similar to those with Ram and Sita collectively, or Ram assembly his brother Bharat after lengthy are additionally carried out with security measures intact.

Rahul Mishra (23), who performs a monkey, stated, “Just a few of us tried to shoot a play on a terrace and uploaded it on social media however suggestions wasn’t nice, so I went again residence to Varanasi… I got here again once I bagged the function of a monkey for this Ramlila. I hope no less than this will get extra viewers.”

Because the solar set, the actors packed up, wore their masks, and headed again. Submit-production will start – and shortly, it is going to be obtainable 24×7 in your handset.

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