The story of Ram

Ramleela is a Hindu tradition still celebrated in India. It made the passage to the Caribbean in the memory and consciousness of the indentured Indian, was revived here and has survived in Trinidad since the nineteenth century. Although it was practised in Guyana as well, it did not survive beyond the 1930s or 1940s. But it is vibrant in villages in central and south Trinidad at this time thanks to what appears to be wide community interest along with the work and support of the kendras, pundits and local businesses. Neither does it show signs of fading since many of the actors and performers are very young and the thousands of spectators span all generations.

Al Creighton, writing about Ramleela in Trinidad in today’s Stabroek News. (See a Ramleela photo by Alex Smailes in the September/October 2005 issue of Caribbean Beat.)

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Nicholas Laughlin

Nicholas is the editor of Caribbean Beat and editor of The Caribbean Review of Books (CRB). He is also one of the administrators of the contemporary arts space Alice Yard and the Bocas Lit Fest (The Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival). His reviews, essays, and poems have been published in various periodicals.View Author posts

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