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Ramleela 2019: The gender-bending men who bring mythology to life

Men of many acts: If we go back in our history, the trend of men playing female roles for acts like Ramleela has been a constant, spilling over into contemporary times.

Kharar blacksmith playing different roles for 40 years

During 10 days of the Ramleela, 59-year-old Dhiman sleeps on the ground. He played the first role of Rajkumar in Ramleela before 1976, then played the role of Hanuman for 13 years, again the role of Dashrath for more than 14 years.

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Politics, acting meet at Ramlila as Parliamentarians take stage

The Luv Kush Ramlila, one of the oldest in the city, roped in politicians to be part of the 10-day affair. While the role of Raja Janak, Sita’s father, was played by Union Minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari played the role of Angad.

Man of many parts: UP lawyer comes calling, to play Dashrath and Ravan at Dussehra

Advocate Pramod Pachouray’s passion for Ramleela brought him here to Chandigarh for 10 days. For the last 23 years, he has been playing the role of Hanuman at Ramleelas in Mathura but this time he has a dual role to play in Chandigarh.

Ramleela in Chandigarh: From a computer teacher during the day to Sita at night

Since the Ramleela will begin at 9.30 pm sharp, Chetan would directly rush from his computer centre to the backstage at the venue as he has to sit in the make-up chair to doll up like a woman.

Delhi HC allows Ramleela at Sadar Bazar in Delhi Cantonment area

The court refused to strike down Board's order granting permission to Leela Samiti. It was hearing a plea filed by Arun Singh Dhadwal, chairman of Shree Dussehra Samiti, which claimed it had been organising the festival at same ground since a decade.

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‘I’m an emotional masochist’

Actor Ranveer Singh — who is recuperating from dengue in his Mumbai apartment — talks love,films,health,Deepika Padukone and Ram-Leela.

Supriya Pathak's new look not inspired from 'Ram-Leela'

Supriya Pathak says her role in “Jaane Kya Hoga Rama Re” is completely different from the character of Dhankor Baa that she played in 2013 film “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”.

A Ramleela tradition six decades old

The youngest actor from the family is only six years old, whereas the oldest one is nearly 65.

Don't we look great together? asks Ranveer Singh about 'Leela' Deepika Padukone

Ranveer Singh, who completes 4 years in Bollywood today, has been posting pictures of himself from the sets of all movies he has done till date.

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Behind the curtains, what goes into staging a Ramleela

With the use of advanced technologies such as light, aerial acts and sound effects, the overall performances of Ramleela at Jamnipur Kotwa has completely changed. This Ramleela is performed around 30 km from Allahabad, now renamed as Prayagraj since the last 100 years now

Stage set for Ramleela in Delhi, Lucknow

Ramleela play is staged for over ten or successive nights that commemorates the victory of Rama over demon king Ravana.

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