About Flagship Productions
The Kendra has ambitiously produced multiple dance-dramas over the years. These large-scale spectacles are based on Hindu mythology, Sanskrit and literary classics, historical characters, and varied contemporary themes.
The frontrunners of these memorable ballets are the Kendra's flagship productions - Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, and Meera that are presented almost every year to date. The audience continues to marvel at these larger-than-life productions that explore and present Indian culture’s legendary epic and folk themes.
Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's charming edition of ‘Ramayan’ enables the audience to witness a perfect combination of a support system which works very well together with greatness and reality. This presentation is a collective of a beautiful fabric of choreography, dance, music, costumes, lighting et al.
The script was written by Hindi poet, Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar', while Tapas Sen and Inder Razdan designed the set and the lights. Narendra Sharma and Jayanti Sharma were the principal actors. It was one of the first dance-dramas to be shot and relayed by Delhi Doordarshan. Shri Ram also weaves contemporary socio-political issues into the storyline of the epic of Ramayan.
This once-a-year production of Shri Ram began in 1957 and has since been staged every year, without fail, for about a month between Dussehra and Deepawali. It has become a popular event in the cultural calendar of New Delhi.
The Ramayan opens a door through the medium of a story to an inner world of a powerful truth which has motivated and guided Indians for periods of time in history. The theme possesses a togetherness of form and message which allows the story to penetrate logic and doubt that guard the inner life of the human soul. At every step along our way and whilst following the footsteps of Ram, we meet helpers and messengers of the Lord who show us the way just as Ram did during his exile. For just as Ahilya met Ram, so does each one of us (come face-to-face with the Ram within us).
As the story discloses the difficulties of a human, the feelings of love, hate, fear, etc. and situations of the time, it is then that the Ramayan unfolds deep layers in terms of wide-ranging aspects of the human character. Outcomes of the reflections and responses of the narration remain evergreen and never-ending, as they do even in modern day’s experiences, sufferings, and conflicts of the mind and heart.
The epic tale of Lord Ram presents a combination of core values that display feelings of loyalty, love, hate, fear, and respect to the elders even in tough family relationships. The Kendra's ‘Ramayan’ absorbs us in the basic thinking that offers an opportunity to lead a socially healthy, good, and harmonious lifestyle. It also guides us in the way of thinking the basic truth, and the rules of an entertaining avatar. The Kendra's presentation illustrates important and fascinating events from the famous Ramayan. The showing of the greatly respected 'Ram', his preference for being in exile, Sita's constant faith and love, even though there was an existence of personal troubles, the devilish Ravan and a few other events remain important, long after the curtain falls.
The duration of the dance-drama on 'Lord Ram', from his birth to his Rajya Abhishek, is 2:20 hours. The performances usually begin on the first Navratri, at the Kendra Lawns at 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi and continue till Dhanteras. Over the past 66 years, this production has travelled to 35 countries and is regularly performed in India.
This grand production, based on the life of 'Lord Ram', has been admired as an outstanding work in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where they have a rich tradition of Ramayan performances.
It may be added that in the year 2018, the Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan of the Government of Uttar Pradesh gave a special honour to the Kendra for having produced one of the best international presentations of Ramayan. As a part of the annual Diwali celebrations (Deepotsav), we were invited to Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh to perform for the audience. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and other government officials were completely enchanted by our show.
The Kendra's Ramayan is excellent in more ways than one. We have had the rare privilege of our production being witnessed by almost all Indian Presidents and Prime Ministers to date. The Kendra's copy of the Ramayan itself is unique for it carries the signatures of all the past Presidents and Prime Ministers.
The initial aid which started off Kendra’s ‘Ramayan’ was provided by the then Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, and was carried forward by several patrons, including the then Chief Minister of New Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit, who patronised the production during her tenure. Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Sh. Lal Kishan Advani, in an official capacity, were regular audiences who saw the show almost every year.
This "sampoorna Ramayan" is one of its only kind ever produced in the history of Indian culture with original music, dances, costumes, jewellery, sets etc. The show is performed by our skilled performers who are trained and developed in-house.
Popular than any other international show in the world, this production prides itself in having physical footfalls of over 7.0 lac viewers spanning 66 years in existence. It is to be noted that various cycles of human generations have evolved with this production.
It is always special to see Lord Krishna Janmashtami images or directly watch SBKK’s Shri Krishna drama production, a spectacle in itself.
Meera Bai ke pad are revered and known to be pure and precious, just like her devotion to Lord Krishna. This is why SBKK’s Meera dance-drama is well-enjoyed and much-appreciated by one and all, based on Meera Bai's teachings and her inspirational life.
The Ramayan drama is wonderful to watch, especially Ramayan in Hindi and for those who appreciate Aarti Shri Ramayan ji ki. The Ramayan show is an extravagant dance-drama that includes Ramayan chaupai in Hindi.