Ramlila has been a special part of our culture and it certainly is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, which is why everyone should at least once visit these places in Delhi to see Ramlila at, in its realist and most hyped up form.
How many of you can remember the Ramlila and its existence? I can, on most days. I’m sure that most you will have memories from Ramlila where you would go with your parents to catch one of the shows at different grounds (some might go the nearby show, while others would go to catch shows at one of the popular joints in the city). However, no matter where you went, we all know that it definitely was one of the most fun-filled times of your childhood. Seeing all those people perform on stage and narrating, one of the most taught stories, for everyone in the audience. It’s funny how everyone knows the start to the end of the story of Ramlila, yet they are gathered as the audience to just catch how differently or how amazingly they perform it this time. Everyone in the crowd has this over the top enthusiasm about it and no one can’t keep hush at certain moments, and things like these make the entire experience, nothing short of wonderful and remembering.
Some of the places in Delhi to see Ramlila are running for hundreds of years and they consider the retelling of Ramayana to the audience as their duty.
1. Luv Kush Ramlila Committee
If you want to see the most hyped up version of the mythological Ramayana, then Luv Kush Ramlila Committee is the place to be. It’s one of the most star-studded Ramlila, with stunts and music done by the professionals in Bollywood, and all of this makes it one of the must-see places in Delhi to see Ramlila.
Location: Lal Quila Maidan, New Delhi
Timings: Starts at 7 pm
2. Shri Ramlila Committee
If you want to see what the Mughal Emperors once witnessed then watching Shri Ramlila Committee putting up a show, can become one of the best experience you ever have. This committee has been in the scene for so long that they first organised their Ramlila show for the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and his army. And, one of the most interesting traditions of their show is that every show begins with all the artist dressed up in their characters costumes and walk through the lanes of Old Delhi toward the ground. Something this grand should absolutely not be missed.
Location: Ramlila Maidan (Grounds), Asaf Ali Road, Near New Delhi Railway Station
Timings: The Parade around the market begins at 6 pm.
3. Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra
Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra is one of the most reputed arts centres in the city and they have been putting up a Ramlila show since 1957 with all the art forms, that one can even think of. Apart from this, there’s one more thing that makes Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, one of the best places in Delhi to see Ramlila, is that along with Hindi dialogues they also project English translations of the lines that the actors are speaking on stage.
Location: Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra Theatre Lawns, 1 Copernicus Marg
Timings: 6:30 pm onwards
4. Shri Dharmik Leela Committee
Known to be the second oldest Ramlila in the city, Shri Dharmik Leela Committee has hosted some really important and famous personalities, over the course of their work. While earlier, this Ramlila used to happen at Subhash Nagar Parade Ground, now it happens at Bagichi Madho Das Maidan. Along with a great experience of Ramlila, you can also devour in some of the most delicious street food from all over the city, all in one place, and all of this makes it one of the best places in Delhi to see Ramlila.
Location: Bagichi Madho Das Maidan, Chandni Chowk
Timings: Almost 7 pm
5. The Nav Shri Dharmik Leela Committee
The Nav Shri Dharmik Leela Committee has branched out of the Shri Dharmik Leela Committee and it boasts of having one of the biggest effigies of Ravan in the city. Apart from this, The Nav Shri Dharmik Leela Committee uses one of the most high-tech technologies in carrying out their Ramlila. They have a great sound system and some of the best hydraulic lifts in the city that prove to give this one the status of one of the most amazing places in Delhi to see Ramlila at.
Location: Red Fort Lawns, Old Delhi
Timings: 7:30 pm onwards
These are just some of the best places in Delhi to see Ramlila at, however, trust me when I say this, every year, tons of Ramlila being organised by kids and adults around you, in your society or colony, and if you can’t make it to one of these places, then you can always resort to a much more came-together-and-made-it-happen events, around you.
18th September 2017