SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, February 29, 2024 (India Currents): On February 24, theater company Rungmunch organized two shows of the “Geet Ramayana,” a Broadway-style rendition of the great Indian epic. Hundreds of Bay Area residents attended the shows, which were scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. The production was supported by the Uttar Pradesh Mandal of America (UPMA), under the initiative of Ritesh Tandon, and proceeds from the show will be donated to rural development projects run by UPMA in India. While the original collection of 56 songs was written by renowned poet and writer G.D. Madgulkar in Marathi, Rungmunch used the Hindi version translated by Dattaprasad Jog for their adaptation.

The songs tell the story of the Ramayana, following Lord Rama’s life from his birth, through his childhood, the 14-year exile, the battle against Ravana, and beyond. Smita and Madhav Karhade directed and produced the musical, while Pratima Shah and Archana Varshney were the executive producers. Smita and Madhav Karhade conceptualized the Geet Ramayana production twenty-one years ago in a Marathi vocal concert because, says Smita Karhade, they “wanted these timeless compositions to transcend the boundaries of time, transporting the audience to the era of the Ramayana.” According to Karhade, this Hindi production of the Geet Ramayana brought together a large Indian community of artists and organizations to create a production “complete with stunning visuals, intricate choreography, exhilarating dances, and emotionally moving theater, all set to vibrant live music created by the fantastic team of musicians.“

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