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Artistic Director Rimli Roy | Stories of Ramaavan

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Kolkata-born, US-based comedian Rimli Roy envisioned the Ramayana epic in a different way. His ever-evolving Broadway musical Ramaavan is a melting pot of cultures as it incorporates actors and dancers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. It also redefines the characters of the epic and offers a unique theatrical experience by incorporating traditional Indian dance and music, opera, Broadway, poetry, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and a few other modern techniques.

Trained in Indian classical dance, Roy, from a family of distinguished artists, brings the latest production to India, due to be performed in New Delhi later this year. She tells us, “Although based on the Ramayana, Ramaavan is very different from the original epic. We take a different look at each of the characters, be it Ram and Sita or Raavan and Surpanakha. In addition, the multicultural thread is very present in this Broadway musical. We once had an Italian actor playing Ram and a Croatian playing Lakshman. We also address issues of gender and race in addition to highlighting women warriors. This year, the main characters come from the United States with an elaborate set and cast. “

The 90-minute production will also have Indian actors and Roy, who came to Calcutta earlier this year to conduct auditions, had to switch to online support. “While watching a live performance has a different thrill, we had to start thinking outside the box to make the virtual space more exciting. This pandemic is teaching artists to be more tech savvy. We plan to create more programs for virtual audiences, ”she adds.

Aside from Ramaavan, there are two projects that keep Roy busy. The first is I Am Covid where COVID-19 is the protagonist and it would be for stage and digital, and the other is an Indian mythological mega-production. “It’s a love story promoting world peace that includes solar energy – science meets artistic production,” she concludes.

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