Two different ways of presenting Ramkatha of two communities in the same state i.e. Himachal Pradesh.
Gaddi – the shepherd devotees of God Shiva – living on the hills and tending sheep and goats – present the Ramkatha in a simple form – one narrator with an assistant; recites the story, in verse as well as monologue, using musical instruments to give the necessary pause or stress.
Saraj Ramkatha – here also the narrator is a single person, with an assistant to give him company. They have made their own deviations in the story line. Ram participates in Sita’s Swayamvar not as a prince, but as a Sadhu or mendicant, because it happens during his exile.
There are no written scripts in both cases, but elements of local culture are present in both.
Your email address will not be published *
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend