The residents of Prestige Misty Waters in Hebbal had a range of activities spanning over 2 days as part of the “Dasara Habba” celebrations which bought to a culmination with a grand presentation of the Ramayana. Around 500 people gathered to witness the spectacle of Ramayan. The Ramayan is an epic depicting the love between Father and Son. King Dashrath loved all 4 of his sons equally but when the time came to choose his successor, it led to his favourite Queen Kaikeyi to ask for a forgotten boon putting King Dashrath in a dilemma of how to fulfil a promise long forgotten without letting his sons be banished to the forest. Ram, Lakshman and Sita, forever dutiful decided to spend 14 years in the forest. No Indian epic is complete without a villain. Ravana possessed with immense knowledge and obsessed with keeping Sita in Lanka was the star of this show, awing and scaring the audience in equal measure. The children witnessed live the saying of a friend in need is a friend in deed when they saw a popular uncle of the complex playing the role of the beloved Hanuman and helping Lord Ram and Lakshman at every step.
The hard work of the residents, the elaborate costumes, makeup, lights and glamour with a cast of over 25 residents, many of whom had acted on stage for the first time ever, the play was the highlight of the event and will be remembered by all residents for a very long time.
The residents also celebrated Navratri Night to welcome Ambe Maa. Traditional garba workshops were conducted over the course of the week, brought to a crescendo with beautiful concentric garba circles and colourful Dandiya pairs starting with Gujarati songs like Pankhida and ending with the more popular Kamariya. Traditional games for kids like lagori, kho-kho and kabaddi were also conducted. The kids made their own Ravana and wrote slips with one bad habit which they wished to overcome in the coming year. Following this all kids made yummy laddoos and distributed them amongst all residents.
When we began the rehearsals, i had all non actors in hand who had zero experience in performing art. From there to becoming as good as professional actors in a span of 15 days needed the dedication and passion. I couldn’t have asked for a better team that made the impossible possible. My associates, Raghavendra and Swati were a boon and made everything so easy. A perfect example of excellent teamwork, said a resident Priyaa Arya, who scripted and directed the play.
For the first time ever, my child has seen a story come alive from the books onto the stage. He will never forget this wonderful show, said one of the resident Varalakshmi.
I could not believe my eyes, looking at my friends playing the characters of the Ramayana. I was truly amazed and hats off to all participants to take time out from their busy schedule to put this play of together, said another resident Lokesh.
Being a space scientist, i had never ventured into art related fields and gone on stage even as a supporting actor. When I was asked to do the role of Raavan, I felt, let’s put the effort. Surprisingly the practices really instilled the interest & character in me which made me to reciprocate the same, said another resident Suresh Naik.