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Lakshmipat Singhania Academy Bissau (2018 CyberFair Project ID 8426)
India, Churu
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

We estimate 60 student(s) from 11 to 14 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Community: We are students of a multi-cultural community coming from various parts of the country. Our school is situated at Bissau, serving the adjacent town and villages. Bissau, a small town around 12 Kilometer away from the District Headquarters Churu and 200 Kilometer away from the State capital of Rajasthan in India, Jaipur.

Bissau is nestled in the Thar desert, with very meager means of agriculture and industries indigenous. It is a homogeneous mixture of Hindus and Muslims the two major communities. Otherwise a sleepy town that comes to a standstill with the setting sun, comes to life in month of October, when the inhabitants come together to enact the Ramleela from the Ramayana.

Project Description: The Ramleela is the enactment of the life of Raja Ram; His birth, exile, war with Ravana, victory, return and coronation. The Bissau Mook Ramleela is almost a 150 years old tradition with the locals. It has all the depiction of the melodrama without a dialogue, not a single word spoken or any narration. All is pure action in synchronization to drum beats and music. A stretch of road is the stage and different acts take place at a different venue along the road. One needs to follow the act and keep moving-on with characters to partake of the whole play. With the infiltration of the Smart Mobiles, Cable TV and the Internet accessibility this age old tradition is on its last strings. We were awestruck to witness all the episodes and interact with the artists and organizers. We take it upon ourselves to help revive this beautiful and very meaningful melodrama and put it on a stage for the world to see. We hope and pray that our humble effort comes to fruition and the Mook Ramleela gets recognition from the government, funds from patrons and a worldwide audience.

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