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October 19 launch for Ramleela in Palmiste

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

The Palmiste and Environs Drama and Visual Arts Society (Pandavas) will launch its annual Ramleela celebrations next week Friday (October 19).

Ramleela, the re-enactment of the life of the Hindu God Rama, will be held at Palmiste Park, near San Fernando, until October 29.

Several communities across the country will host similar activities.

Pandavas stated that the play will begin at 6.30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. nightly. The opening ceremony will feature cultural items and a fireworks display.

Ramleela is the oldest open air theatre in the Caribbean.

The event is held during the Hindu observance of Navratri - nine nights of the Divine Mothers.

Texts from the Ramayan (Hindu scriptures) are read to music, while brightly-costumed dancers perform the narrative.

Ramleela culminates with the burning in effigy of the defeated villain Rawan, a graphic reminder that good triumphs over evil.

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