Lav Kush Ramlila Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort, Delhi

Of laser lights and epic battles


October 25, 2023

/ By / New Delhi

Lav Kush Ramlila Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort, Delhi

The large stage created for Ramlila performance was illuminated with colour laser lights

One of the most famous celebrations of Dussehra, a major Hindu festival that marks the victory of Lord Rama over the evil emperor Ravana, take place at the Red Fort in Delhi. The Dussehra festivities mark the culmination of epic Hindu play,‘Ramlila’, depicting the life of Lord Rama and his battle against Ravana. This year, too, was Dussehra celebrated as usual at the Red Fort, but with a stark difference. For the first time in its 50-year history, the Dussehra celebrations climaxed with a woman setting ablaze the effigy of Ravana when Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut shot the arrow that set the fire.

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On Tuesday, as the entire country celebrated Dussehra, one of the biggest festivities took place at Delhi’s Red Fort, marking the end of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the famed Lav Kush Ramlila that is performed here each year at the Fort.


Kangana Ranaut was one of the stars present on the occasion 

The Ramlila attracts leading film and television actors, who make up for the vast majority of the cast of the epic play, which is performed over a total of 10 days. Some of the leading performers included Kagan Malik as Lord Rama, Mukesh Rishi as Ravana, Kavita Joshi as Sita, Dishank Arora as Lakshmana, Nirbai Wadhwa as Hanuman and Mohit Tyagi as Vibhishana. 


Giant effigies of Ravana, Meghnada and Kumbhakarana that were erected at the grounds were later burnt as per tradition

As usual, the performance had gathered thousands, who were especially enthusiastic about the arrival of Ranaut. 



Continuing the annual tradition, the performance had attracted thousands of spectators

The large stage created for Ramlila performance was illuminated with colour laser lights. The organisers say that what makes this year’s Ramlila different is the amalgamation of art and technology. A three-tiered stage adorned with advanced three-dimensional LED lights additionally provided a visually mesmerising display.     

“Most of the actors on stage are from Mumbai, and we have given opportunities to local artists as well. For us, Ramlila is a lesson in love and friendship. We have been preparing for this performance for almost a year. This year we organised a 3D set and detailed the story. We have also incorporated various sound effects to give it a realistic feel,” Arjun Kumar, President of Lav Kush Ramleela, told the audience on the occasion,



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