Editors posted on 20th September

#LetItBurn: 5 Iconic Ramlila Portrayals, Dussehra Melas, & Ravana Burning Displays In Delhi

It’s that time of the year again when you see the city flush with massive, wooden carcasses of half-complete Ravanas on the roadsides and footpaths. As Dussehra approaches, these huge Ravana effigies will be complete, ready to be burned, and situated in every corner of Delhi.

While you can just head to your closest Dussehra Mela to catch a glimpse of the fiery spectacle, here are some of the biggest Dussehra Melas and Ravana burning events around town.

Shri Ram Lila Committee

The oldest {and biggest, may we add} celebration in town, they start with a parade of the actors from the Ram Leela through the streets of Old Delhi and end up at the Ramlila Maidan where the theatrical effigies of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhakaran are set alight by firecrackers. Expect huge crowds and infectious energy.

Nav Shri Dharmik Leela Committee

For the tallest, most dramatic effigies in town, the display in the Red Fort Lawns is definitely the one to turn to. Their depiction of the Ramayana is a crowd pleaser and is full of realistic effects that you can thank technology for.

Shree Dharmik Leela Committee

A leg of the Shri Ram Lila Committee, their Dussehra celebrations leave no stone unturned, trust us. The performance of the Ramlila, we hear is well-detailed and gripping to watch, and the effigies are enormous. What steals the show though, is the food stalls. Be sure to sample all you can!

Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra

The well-known centre of dance, music, and performing arts puts on a magnanimous show every year showcasing every form of art- from music, to theatre to dance. They even provide English translations to the spoken lines, so you can take friends who may not speak the language.

Luv Kush Ram Lila Committee

A new player in the Ram Leela game, they’re also the most hip- with well-known entertainers taking the stage. You may even spot a celebrity or two. Lose yourself in all the bling- from special effects to elaborate sets for a truly memorable show.