The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Ramayana restaged with 170 dancers and 300 costumes


The epic Indian tale of good versus evil, the Ramayana, is being restaged with 170 dancers and 300 costumes in a three-hour show next week.

The production from Indian cultural group Temple Of Fine Arts lasts three hours and plays from Dec 7 to 9 at The Republic Cultural Centre.

The story of Prince Rama's battle to rescue his kidnapped bride Sita will be acted in English and performed by professionals and volunteers from the group's branches in Singapore, Malaysia and India.

Many of them took part in the original 1992 staging of the Ramayana at Victoria Theatre, conceived and directed by the group's founder, the late Swami Shantanand Sarasawathi. It lasted for five hours, featured 100 dancers and received rave reviews.