New Delhi: Even as the Ramayana comes alive on stage in the national capital like every other year, this time itâ€™s slightly different. The content remains the same but the spectators are different. With the Commonwealth Games being held in Delhi and thousands of foreign visitors here, Ramlila couldn't possibly remain unaffected by the presence of these 'atithis'. Whatâ€™s more, Ramayana has even been simplified through these PowerPoint presentations.
Shobha Deepak Singh, Director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra said, "They only know Rama killed Ravana and became king, so the captions help them to explain in detail the different scenes."
Even as the Ramlila had gone a step ahead towards becoming hi tech last year with some of the organisers uploading videos of the performances on YouTube, this year Lord Ram has made an appearance on social networking websites as well.
With a devotee now having created a profile for Lord Ram on Facebook, it has become easier for people across the globe to access all information about Ramayana and Lord Ram. Despite this initiative being less than a week, more than 100 people have already added Lord Ram as a friend.
Invites have also been sent to the embassies of 71 countries by some of the committees organising the Ramlila to attract foreign visitors.
Rahul Sharma, Secratary, Nav Shree Dharmik Leela Committee, "This year we have special enclosure for foreign delegates and tourists and we also have translators in various languages to help them understand the context being enacted."
Needless to say foreign visitors are enjoying every bit of it and the extra effort seems to have paid off.
Natalie, a Mexican national said, "Looking at the PowerPoint presentations and the dance movements that the characters are doing, help me to relate whatever is happening."
This year the Ramlila made an early appearance in Delhi more so to cater to visitors who have come for the Games. And thanks to the ingenuity of the organisers, the Ramayana has gone beyond borders and cut across nationalities.