Artists from Russia give the legend of Rama its due on Indian soil

Ayodhya: This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi is gracing the Deepotsav of Ramnagari Ayodhya. The importance of the sixth edition also increases because Russian artists are staging Ram Leela this time. Under the auspices of the Russian-Indian Friendship Association Disha, the Padma Shri Genadi Pechnikov Memorial Ramlila will be held on the Deepotsav stage of Ayodhya. A team of 12 artists will perform here. Ramlila’s director and producer Dr. Rameshwar Singh said since 1960, Ramlila is being done on a very large scale in Russia.

Ramlila of Russia is the center of faith for the theater artists there. If the artists are to be believed, then they are growing continuously only by taking inspiration from the character of Lord Rama. He has lived up to the ideals of Ram. Ildar Khusnuleen will play the role of Maryada Purushottam Sriram in Russo Ki Ramleela. Milana Bychonek will play the role of Mother Sita, Nadezhda Singh Kaushalya, Rati Kosinova Sumitra, Margarita Kosinova Banar, Gulnara Isakova Kaikeyi, Alexei Fleyjanikav Lakshmana, Vaychislav Chernyash will play the role of Ravana. Kushnerova will act as Daria Hanuman and Bharat, Danish Shevtsov as Dashrath and Artem Zubkov as Sugreev.

Co-director Aleksandra Koneva said Sita Swayamvar in Russia’s Ramlila, Rama’s welcome to Ayodhya, Kaikeyi asking for a boon, Ram-Lakshman and Sita will be the various episodes on display. The artists will stage exile, Sita Haran, Ram Hanuman offering, Sita in Lanka, Hanuman ji going to Lanka, Ram-Ravan war, Ram-Sita’s reunion and Ayodhya return.

President of the Indo-Russian Friendship Association, Dr. Rameshwar Singh told that the Yogi government gave him a platform in India. His first performance took place at Ayodhya Deepotsav in 2018 from 4 to 6 November. After this in Prayagraj he got the stage to act in the 2019 Kumbh.

Foreign artists have been performing Ramlila every year in the Deepotsav which started from 2017. This time also, artists from 8 countries will perform Ramlila in Ramnagari. Among them are artists from Russia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji, Nepal and Trinidad and Tobago.

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