Divine drama in stone
The ambience breathes divinity ... Sabari Moksham.
Calm before the storm... Sita pointing out to the golden deer.
The great duel... Vaali and Sugriva.
THE RAMAYANA is one of the most inspiring epics ever written. It is soaked in devotion, ethics and is definitely, an eternal romance.
The awesome Hanuman with Rama and Lakshmana on His shoulders ... all set to fly.
Bringing the timeless drama to permanent life is Panchavati an open air tableaux set up in distant Pilani, Rajasthan, by the Birlas.
Sage Valmiki engrossed in the making of the great epic ...
Already a totally rural environ, Panchavati makes it seem even more so, with its old world charm. Life-size painted cement figures enact the Ramayana scenes of Vali Vadham, Kevat Prasang, Sabari Moksham, Hanuman carrying Rama and Lakshmana on his shoulders and Sita craving for the golden deer. They carry the visitor through the epic, as it were, in an aesthetic visual display. The last depiction is that of Valmiki writing the Ramayana, seated outside his hut, much as he must have done in his time. Blessed to author the epic, the sage must have visualised the perennial impact his divine drama was going to have on mankind.
(Text and pictures by RUPA GOPAL)
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