What is Ramleela ?

Leela is the Hindi word for Play or Theatre, and Ram is a Hindu God. Thus Ramleela is a Play of the Story of Ram.


In September or October, as winter approachs, itís time for Ramleela, the longest-running street theatre event in the Caribbean. For nine days, at about 20 venues around the island, communities come together to act out stories from Hindu scripture. Texts from the Ramayan are read to music, while brightly-costumed dancers perform the narrative. Ramleela culminates with the burning in effigy of the defeated villain Rawan, a graphic reminder that good triumphs over evil.