When kids at Delhi’s South Avenue missed their VIP neighbours on Dussehra

November 14th, 2007 - 2:37 am ICT by admin  
New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): While many politicians across Delhi were busy attending Dussehra functions at popular venues on Sunday evening, children from the servant quarters at South Avenue, the VVIP colony, burnt the effigy of the demon King on their own.

Being organised by the Sri Ram Lila Bal Samiti Sahmandal (South) for the past 17 years, the Dussehra festivity was a big draw for over 3,000 people from the neighbourhood and passers by.

But the disappointment of not finding even a single VVIP to support them on the last day of 10-day Ramlila, the re-enactment of Lord Rama’s life in drama form, left all these kids and youngsters with drooped faces.

“It’s a big let down for us to not have anyone despite living barely a few metres away from so many hi-profile people. We wish they were with us to encourage. We organise Ramlila by pooling money from our own pocket. It is only because of lack of financial support that we could manage standing only two effigies in place of the customary three demons,” said Rakesh Kanojia, the organiser of the Ramlila, who works as a driver with a former Delhi minister.

Meanwhile, dressed in attractive costumes, the soldiers of the demon King Ravana, brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghanad gave a tough fight to the rivals-Lord Rama and brother Lakshmana’s army full of monkey kids.

The mock fight and influencing dialogues won crowd’s applaud, as demons and Rama’s army came out on open roads amidst a big number of security personnel to control the audience.

But there was hardly anyone from their VIP neighbourhood to appreciate their talent. All they had was a BJP leader of yesteryears.

“I have been playing the role of demon King Ravana since 1980, but it is really discouraging to find no VIPs to provide us moral support. There is no encouragement to organise such festival on large scale,” said Manoj Kumar Parab, who works as a Marketing consultant apart from playing Ravana’s role every year .

The 36-year old Parab said: “We wish to continue despite people expected to be with us, deserting us for more purposeful places.”

Amit Kumar, 20, who works with Reliance company, has been playing the role of Ram at the Ramlila for the last three years.

“My message as Rama is just an appeal to the people of India to stand by truth and never support evil, come what may in life. Ultimately, it is the truth that prevails.” (ANI)

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