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MWL_20090905_4741.jpg- At centre, Saraswati Sankar rehearses clashes a fight scene with young Danny Ranjitsing
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MWL_20090905_4765.jpg- Makeup rehearsal with Mrs Ivy Ramdeen and Chandini Lal
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MWL_20090905_4793.jpg- Makeup rehearsal with Veda Ramnath, Vivek Maharaj and a parent.
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MWL_20090912_4915.jpg- Savitri Jagdeo, seen here in her sewing room, works on many of the character driven costumes that are a critical part of the performance
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MWL_20090912_5013.jpg- Saraswati Sankar (right) works on papier mache with Omprakash Singh and Devanan Ramsaran (left).
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MWL_20090912_5036.jpg- Omprakash Singh, Ananta Thomas and Vandana Nawal untangle papermache during the construction of the effigy of Ravan.
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MWL_20090915_5171.jpg- Nitish Lalla and Hardeo Lall paint the effigy of Ravan.
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MWL_20090915_5213.jpg- Hardeo Lall and Nitish Lalla paint the effigy of Ravan.
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MWL_20090919_5277.jpg- Volunteer workers deliver drums to be used in constructing the stages at Conqueror Recreation Grounds, Enterprise.
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MWL_20090921_5394.jpg- Gopichan Ramnath sands a piece of coarse wood that will be shaped into a decorated sword for the performance.
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MWL_20090921_5398.jpg- Students work on a decorative mace at a prop making workshop.
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MWL_20090921_5416.jpg- Dhanraj Ramdhanie decorates an axe as the young performers work on repairing as well as creating and finishing new props from scraps of wood
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MWL_20090926_5455.jpg- Ravi Ji discusses role assignments with the students participating in the 2009 Ramleela performance at the Kendra
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MWL_20090926_5523.jpg- Gopichan Ramnath, Karan Rogers and Krishna Ramsingh work on constructing Lanka
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MWL_20090927_5650.jpg- Maya Vahini, right, advises young performers on the procedure for the offering in this religious ceremony.
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MWL_20090927_5678.jpg- Maya Vahini leads the manch sthapana ceremony that sanctifies the ground for the performance the day before the Bal Ramdilla begins.
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MWL_20090927_5710.jpg- The manch sthapana ceremony that sanctifies the ground for the performance the day before the Bal Ramdilla begins.
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MWL_20090927_5733.jpg- Jagdesh Ram participates in the manch sthapana ceremony that sanctifies the ground for the performance the day before the Bal Ramdilla begins
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MWL_20090927_5756.jpg- The manch sthapana ceremony comes to an end in pouring rain at Conqueror Recreation Grounds, Enterprise.
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MWL_20090928_5771.jpg- Basdeo Thomas is painted for his role as Lord Krishna by his mother.
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MWL_20090928_5878.jpg- The performers assemble on the field before the night's performance. The women at bottom right will perform aarti before they begin.
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MWL_20090928_5928.jpg- Vishala Sewdat, one of the young directors of the six night long performance gives instructions to performers
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MWL_20090928_5936.jpg- Vandana Nawal and Basdeo Thomas, portraying Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva discuss their performance with director Pravesh Rampersad at the Monday night performance of the Bal Ramdilla.
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MWL_20090930_5959.jpg- Dhanraj Ramdhanie gets final touches to his makeup by Geeta Ramsingh before the Wednesday night performance of the Bal Ramdilla.
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MWL_20090930_5977.jpg- Devanan Ramsaran is painted by a volunteer parent before the Wednesday night performance of the Bal Ramdilla.
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MWL_20090930_5997.jpg- Maya Vahini leads the children in the Havan ritual before the Wednesday night performance
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MWL_20090930_6010.jpg- Basdeo Thomas and Vandana Nawal, portraying Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati lead the procession from the Kendra to the sports ground transformed for the performance
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MWL_20090930_6043.jpg- Before they enter the grounds, the performers receive a blessing from Maya Vahini.
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MWL_20090930_6089.jpg- Dhanraj Ramdhanie prepares to enter the performance area at Conqueror Recreation Grounds on Wednesday night of the six night Bal Ramdilla performance.
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MWL_20090930_6142.jpg- Dhanraj Ramdhanie chats backstage with Mahesh Ram at Conqueror Recreation Grounds on Wednesday night of the six night Bal Ramdilla performance.
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MWL_20090930_6230.jpg- Videsh Sankar as Lord Ram and Narayan Sankar.
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MWL_20091003_6364.jpg- Lord Ram (Videsh Sankar) and his entourage draw their weapons in battle.
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MWL_20091003_6385.jpg- The battle against good and evil rages at Conqueror Recreation Grounds on the final night of Bal Ramdilla.
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MWL_20091003_6529.jpg- The triumphant Lord Ram (Videsh Sankar, centre) delivers his victory speech to his warriors.
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MWL_20091003_6549.jpg- Lord Ram (Videsh Sankar) lets loose a flaming arrow to defeat his nemesis, Lord Ravan, represented by an oversized effigy at the conclusion of the performance.
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MWL_20091003_6563.jpg- Videsh Sankar, portraying Lord Ram stands before the burning effigy of Lord Ravan at the conclusion of the Bal Ramdilla performance
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MWL_20091003_6663.jpg- Meals are portioned out for the young performers after they return to the Kendra on the conclusion of their performance of Bal Ramdilla, 2009.
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MWL_20091003_6681.jpg- The young performers dance to tassa music at the Kendra, celebrating the end of their six nights of performance
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MWL_20091003_6685.jpg- The young performers talk over a meal at the conclusion of the six night Bal Ramdilla performance.
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