Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods
The Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi is a unique theatrical and religious event, an annual, month-long enactment of the story of the Indian epic Ramayana. The performance is spread over 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.
Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods documents this unique theatrical tradition. 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 in which performers and spectators are part of a seamless ceremony.