Jammu, Sept 27: The famous winter Navratri festival at the banks Chandrabhagha River of this time will also see Ramlila in Dogri language for the first time. The Ramlila in Dogri is written by the famous Dogri poet Rishi Kumar and rehearsals are on at full swing to make the Dogri Ramlila a grand success. The actors, who are a part of the Dogri Ramlila are excited over the prospect of performing in their mother-tongue.
The Sungal village situated on the banks of Chandrabhagha (Chenab) river has been staging Ramlila since 1969 eversince a village elder Purshottam Lal Pandit founded Ramlila club to bring together local youth on a common stage.
The custom of Ramlila has been kept alive by the youth of the village after Purshottam Lal Pandit passed away. The execution of the nine-day Ramlila rests on the shoulders of poet Rishi Kumar, who decided that this year Ramlila would be presented in the mother-tongue.
As quoted by a media report, Shiv Kumar, who plays the central role of lord Ram, said that he has been essaying the role in Hindi for years and that he knows his lines by-heart. Since Ramlila is being presented in Dogri this time, he has had to prepare afresh but he is excited because of the freshness breathed into the event by poet Rishi Kumar.
Many youth who essay different roles in the play are working men while some are still students. The club does not have any female artists and the roles of female characters are also essayed by male characters.
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