Different types of Ramleela

The celebrations in festive environment and religious rites are greatly evoked by Ramlila performances. Ramlilas of some places like Ramnagar, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Almora, Satna and Madhubani is very popular.

These Ramlilas follow different styles. The jhankis or panorama of the life of Lord Rama is depicted in pantomime style. Most Ramlilas represents this style.

Next is Theatrical style. This style is based on rendering the story musically as like in Almora or Kumaon style.

The operatic style involves the use of folk theatre elements in generous amount. Inspite of this the culture of using dialogues and reciting couplets of Ramcharitmanas in choir remains intact. Ramlila "mandalis" stage melodrama for more and more active participation or involvement of audience. Ramlila is an important event in religious and social sphere like other folk theatrical forms of India.

A unique staging of Chitrakoot Ramlila continues for 5 calendar days in last week of February. The Ramlila starts with staging the Bharat-Milap episode from Mahashivratri. Three calendar day celebrations in Agra as Ram Barat is another interesting culture connected with Ramlila, where a marriage procession of Lord Rama guise is taken through roads of the city.

Interesting of all... a unique Ramlila is staged at Bakshi Ka Talab near Lucknow where Muslim youths play the role of lead characters like Rama, Lakshman and Hanuman. This four-calendar day Ram Lila starts on the calendar day of Vijayadasmi calendar day.