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Video: At this Bihar village, Muslims organise Ramlila, play Ramayana characters

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PATNA: In a brilliant example of communal harmony, Muslims from a village in Bihar have been organising Ramlila and also enacting Ramayana characters to mark the ongoing Navratra festival.

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The village to host such unique Ramlila is Sato Awanto which falls under Nuaon block in Kaimur district.

Large crowds have been thronging the village to watch the Muslim youths playing various roles of Ramayana characters and chanting the holy stanzas with perfection.

This time, Sheikh Mumtaz Ali is the director of the drama while his son is playing Sita. The Muslim children are also playing the role of Rama and Ravana armies while Nurul Hoda Ansari plays the role of comedian.

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“We have been organizing Ramlila for long and everyone loves to see us playing various roles of Ramayana,” said Akleem Sheikha who is playing the character of Sita.

As per reports, the Muslim villagers have been organising Ramlila since 1982 and it was started with the efforts from late Jamaluddin Ansari and Master Nurul Ansari.

“They revered the Hindu epic and believed listening to epic poems brings positive changes in life,” a local villager said.

Another villager said their respect for each other’s religion is the cornerstone of this village.

“Here we live like a family and do not allow anyone to spread hatred,” a local villager Jhabloo Upadhyay told a local media.

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