Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9781905422197 Published June 2006 World sales rights except India
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781905422203 Published June 2006 World sales rights except India

Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods

The Ramlila of Ramnagar

Anuradha Kapur

Anuradha Kapur

Distributed for Seagull Books

258 pages | 62 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2006
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9781905422197 Published June 2006 World sales rights except India
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781905422203 Published June 2006 World sales rights except India
The Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi is a unique theatrical and religious event, an annual, month-long enactment of the Ramayana story. The performance covers a whole town and involves an entire community. Men, women and children follow the course of the processional performance, accompanying Rama from his exile to his triumphant return to Ayodhya to partake of the joy and glory of Ramarajya.

In Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods readers are plunged into the rich and lively experience of the Ramlila with its svarupas, effigies, masks, Ramayanis, Vyasas, gods, goddesses, demons and monkeys; with its theatrical gimmickry and spectacle and marvels; with its thronging, surging crowds. Performers and spectators are part of a seamless ceremony. Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods documents this unique theatrical tradition.

Contents
Introduction

 The Ramlila at Ramnagar
 Aspects of Performance
 Radha and Krishna in a Colonial Metropolis
 Notes
 Glossary
 Index
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