Women from Mohali breathe a life of passion to save the ramleela tradition

Passion is the lane that can give us the ultimate satisfaction to chase. And with the same passion, thirty women from different walks of life have decided to reawaken the epic Ramleela. Setting the stage on fire these women cast are performing the unique Ramleela.


With a common aim of women’s empowerment, 14- year old girls to 77 years elderly, from bankers to homemakers everyone has joined this amazing NGO Jado se judo (connect to roots) initiated by Ekta Nagpal.

An entrepreneur turned into a social activist says, Our NGO Jado se Judo (Connect to roots) keeps on doing such activities. This time we had thought to have an all-woman Ramleela. The reason is women empowerment but in a different way and going beyond lip service.”

What fascinated me was these women did not have any experience but faced challenges, learned the act, and finalized the attire with props. Their most challenging task was the 30-day rehearsal.

The cooperation of artists shows how much the true potential of their goal, Sunita Shekhar one of the participants who is a homemaker is a mother to a two-year-old baby and plays 3 characters; whenever her role arrives Pratibha another participant babysits her son.

They are not just co-artists, all are massis (aunts) but Ram Ji is Badi maa to my son,’’ said Sunita.

Apart from these lovely ladies, Shyam Jaitly the director, and Lalit Sharma the two male members along with Tejwar Singh Rawat, the group associate.

“Initially, it looked very challenging. But the way all have responded and performed, it has turned out to be an excellent presentation. All of them have become perfect like professional artists,” said Jaitly.

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