Ramleela, literally “Rama’s play”, is a performance of then Ramayana epic in a series of scenes that include song, narration, recital and dialogue. This staging of the Ramayana is based on the Ramacharitmanas, one of the most popular storytelling forms in the north of the country. This sacred text devoted to the glory of Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, was composed by Tulsidas in the sixteenth century in a form of Hindi in order to make the Sanskrit epic available to all.
The audience is invited to sing and take part in the narration. The Ramleela brings everyone together, without distinction of caste, religion or age. Anybody can participate playing roles or taking part in a variety of related activities, such as mask- and costume making, and preparing make-up, effigies and lights.