‘Banara Hero’: Ramayana with comedy twist staged at Utkal Mandap


Bhubaneswar: In a rare attempt, Hari Bhai Comedy club staged a play on the Hindu epic Ramayana at Utkal Mandap here on Sunday. The satire ‘Banara Hero’ was directed by Harihar Mohapatra.

While sharing about theme of the play, Mohapatra said, “The play is a satire on the present society. The characters are inspired by the Ramayana. We have tried to visualize how Lord Rama, his wife Sita and the demon-king Ravana would have behaved in the modern society”.

The title ‘Banara Hero’, reflects the importance of Hanuman and ‘banara sena’ or troupe of monkeys in rescuing Sita from Ravana’s custody. Two stage artists Gobinda Chandra Barik and Meera Mohanty were felicitated by the club for serving the Odia theatre on the occasion.

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