Diwali: The Story of Ram
Diwali: The Story of Ram is a family-friendly performance program combining dance, music, and the 17th century art of Mewar, a region in India. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, this spectacle represents Mandala’s interpretation of the ancient epic Ramayana, a classic tale that spans across cultures, producing a multidimensional performance work that combines contemporary culture and mythology. The tale of Ram, his beloved wife Sita, and his brother Lakshman exiled in the forest—at odds with the brilliant king Ravana—weaves together the multiculturalism of South Asia. Diwali: The Story of Ram features the Mandala Ensemble of dancers, joined by world-renowned Manganiyar musicians, who perform with traditional string and percussion instruments. In a new element this year, the performance includes a digitally animated backdrop of paintings by the artist Sahib Din, commissioned by the King of Udaipur (historically known as Mewar) to illustrate the sixth book of Ramayana. Sahib Din was a distinguished miniature artist whose work essentially standardized the Mewar school of painting.