Smt. Priya Sethi, Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks said that 155 year old Ramleela being organised by Shri Sanatan Dharam Natak Samaj at Dewan Mandir is a fine blend of cultural and religious commitment that not only is keeping our traditions alive but also bringing people of all faiths together on one single platform.
The minister was chief guest at special performance here . Speaking on the occasion, Priya Sethi appreciated management of Shri Sanatan Dharam Natak Samaj for their endeavour in building state of the art infrastructure and hoped that once the auditorium is completed on desired lines the Ramleela will attract more visitors and devotees in which many renowned artists perform.
She said that on seeing the condition of nearby ground a park was developed in the premises of Dewan Mandir which is being well maintained and work on other developmental projects are also going on. She assured that in days to come Dewan Mandir compound will be developed as per the wishes of people of local area. She congratulated all those including artists, singers, stage managers, dialogue writers and musicians in producing one of the finest Ramleela in the world.
The Guests of honour were MLA-(East) Rajesh Gupta and President Rajput Sabha Jammu, Naryan Singh.
Rajesh Gupta,MLA-(East) was full of praise for the excellent work done by Shri Sanatan Dharam Natak Samaj team in keeping alive the cultural and religious theater in shape of Reemleela.
He further applauded the artists for their lively performance and wish them good luck for future.
Earlier, Chairman of Shri Sanatan Dharam Natak Samaj Yudhvir Sethi said that the super structure of auditorium had almost been completed and assured that in years to come this will be developed on the lines of a modern auditorium where people and especially schools will also be able to hold their annual events besides conferences and seminars. The Hall, he said is used for Ramleela once in a year and for rest of the period it will be made to generate revenue for the institution.
He assured people that more efforts will be put in to take this performance to next level. Earlier, special prayers were held to inaugurate nine day long Ramleela which was witnessed by thousands of devotees and locals.
Sanatan Dharam Natak Samaj President Anil Masoom said the eight days’ long Ramleela attracted thousands of people and appreciated those associated with it.
He informed that this is the only Ramleela where Hindus, Sikhs and even Muslims take part and perform. Massom said this religious event has produced number of Bollywood artistes, like Om Parkash and KL Sehgal and many others who became prominent actors and singers. This platform is good feeder to theatre and film industry.