BELMONT, MA– Stage Ensemble Theater Unit, known as SETU among the theater community in Greater Boston, is staging epic Ramayan play this weekend in Belmont, MA. The play is directed by Subrata Das. In the past, SETU has produced and staged plays like Mahabharata and Shahjahan.
“Ramayan brings lifestyle props that you get to see only in Broadway productions or movies. See the King of birds, Jatayu come alive on stage,” says Dhanashree Ramachandran, a member of SETU and one of the actors in Ramayana.
Ramachandran said that 12 of SETU’s committed artists have written the script of this play, which is written in English.
“Costumes of Ramayan are specially designed to bring an authentic expression of the time to you. Made in India, Ramayan costumes set new standards for universal aesthetics,” Ramachandran said.
She said Ramayan is portrayal of an epic from a humanistic angle.
“For the SETU team, humanistic is not just looking at the epic from a human angle but actually living the epic as humans since the avatar of Lord Ram was a human avatar,” Ramachandran said. “This thousands of years old epic calls for elevated levels of understanding of dharma and values even today.”
She said dances have been an integral part of SETU productions and continuing the tradition of originally choreographed dances, Ramayan brings a melodious treat for the audience.
“Epics like Ramayan are intricately woven in the fabric of social and cultural fabric of India. This is a great opportunity to take a look at Ramayan for what it means today,” Ramachandran said. “Ramayan is definitely something you must enjoy with your family and friends.”
The four shows of Ramayan are scheduled as follows: Oct 21, Friday- 7:00 pm; Oct 22, Saturday- 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm; and Oct 23, Sunday: 2 pm at Belmont Town Hall Theater, Belmont, MA.
For more information, visit SETU website: www.Setu.US.
Crew & Backstage …
Costumes & Jewelry …….. Noorain Buxamusa, Jayanti Bandyopadhyay
Choreographers ………. Vasudha Kudrimoti, Shirin Bakre
Lighting & Sound …….. Prateek Paul, Marcus, Ravi Nimmagadda
Music …….. Pra Deep, Meena Sundaram
Publicity and Web ………. Nirmal Kumar, Ravi Nimmagadda
Gate and Snacks ………. Jayanti, Janique, Japneet, Nidhu, Ajay, Rishi
Makeup …….. Gopika Narula, Dipali Trivedi, Ridhima Mahajan,
Urmi, Noorain, Rohini Pola
Stage Management …….. Deven Atnoor
Tickets Management ……. Nirmal Kumar
Posters …….. Harun Razith
Script (scenes 1-15) …….. Dhannashree, Kumkum(2), Jayanti, Nilay, Rohit(2)
Chandrika, Ajay Jaisingh, Ravi N., Yogita,
Sridhar, Nilay, Subrata, Sridhar, Monisha;
Narration pieces – Nilay
Script Editing …….. Subrata, Nilay, Rohit, Jayanti
Fund Raising …….. Kumkum Pareek Malik
Assistance in Direction …….. Aditi, Jayanti, Je-Kori
Dasarath King of Ayodhya Ravi Kacker
Kausalya Wife (1) of Dasarath Shamita Behl +
Kaikaye Wife (2) of Dasarath Kumkum Pareek Malik
Sumitra Wife (3) of Dasarath Urmi Sahni +
Ram Son of Dasarath & Kausalya Rishi Naik/Ajay Jain *
Lakshman Son of Dasarath & Sumitra Ganesh Davuluri
Bharat Son of Dasarath & Kaikaye Nirmal Kumar +
Shatrughna Son of Dasarath & Sumitra Ajay Jain/Rishi Naik *
Janak King of Videha Sanjay Kudrimoti
Sunetra Janak’s Wife Monisha Prakash/Yogita Miharia *
Sita Janak’s Daughter/Ram’s Wife Yogita Miharia/Monisha Prakash *
Urmila Janak’s Daughter/Laksmn’s Wife Dhanashree Ramachandran
Mandavi Janak’s Daughter/Shtrgna’s Wife Aditi Taylor +
Shrukirti Janak’s Daughter/Bharat’s Wife Shirin Bakre +
Manthara Maid of Kaikaye Chandrika Shah
Vishwamitra Preceptor of Ram Ravi Nimmagadda/Nilay Mukherjee+*
King 1 King in Janak’s Swyamvar Sushil Motwani +
King 2 King in Janak’s Swyamvar Je Kori Koteswara Salmon +
Palace Guard Ravan’s minister Purvi Shah
Ravan King of Lanka Nilay Mukherjee/Ravi Nimmagadda *
Mandadori Wife of Ravan Nidhu Nids
Vibhisan Brother of Ravan Rohit Chandra
Meghnad Son of Ravan Je Kori Koteswara Salmon +
Surpanakha Sister of Ravan Aditi Taylor +
Prameela Wife of Meghnad Japneet Kwatra
Trijata Rakshasi at Ashok Vatika Urmi Sahni +
Rakshasi Rakshasi at Ashok Vatika Shamita Behl +
Guard Guard in Ravan’s court Nirmal Kumar +
Vali King of Kiskindha Ravi Nimmagadda/Nilay Mukherjee+*
Sugreev Brother of Vali Sushil Motwani +
Hanuman Vanar Warrior & Narrator Sridhar Pola
Jatayu Bird Queen of Eagles Shirin Bakre +
Golden Deer Maricha in Disguise Ishaan Naik
DANCERS: Swasti Bhargava, Pallavi Gupta, Vasudha Kudrimoti, Susmitha Mallidi,
Nishtha Saxena, Rakhee Wagal
+ dual role, * double casting (2 shows each)