Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan Becomes King Janak of Mithila

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology tried his hand in acting at the popular Ramleela, depicting the life of Lord Rama organised by the Luv Kush committee in the sprawling grounds of the Red Fort on Friday.

Donning bright traditional silk costumes, a gleaming crown and speaking chaste Hindi, the Union Minister played the role of legendary King Janak of Mithila. During his part, he made sure he conveyed the message on importance of clean environment.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan

The Luv-Kush Ramlila Committee had roped in Vardhan along with actors Om and Sudha Shivpuri’s daughter Ritu and ‘Bidaai’ fame actor Angad Hasija to perform at the annual play in old Delhi.

Harsh Vardhan delivered his dialogues on the mega stage in grand style, and during a conversation with Lord Rama, his character said,

“I know you wish to live in a natural environment.”And, if air remains clean and pure, it will lead to healthy life”, he said.

The minister was almost unrecognisable with an imperial moustache, make-up and royal attire.

Before, the start of the programme, the minister also tweeted that he was going to play the role of King Janak, father of Sita.

Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has also performed in previous Ramlila here, among others.


Navbharat Times quoted the committee president Ashok Agarwal as saying that they always try to do things to make the act on Lord Rama’s life attractive for the audience, especially as the Ramlila Maidan play is quite popular among visitors.

“For this, we keep experimenting and often try to get known faces on the stage. Like every year, this time too, actors and politicians will be seen in different roles,” he said.

While Ritu Shivpuri played Janak’s wife Sunaina, Angad Hasija was seen as Lord Ram and Girija Shankar, who played Dhritarashtra in B R Chopra’s Mahabharata, took the role of Vishvamitra. The act started with Gauri Pujan and continued till Sita’s swayamwar.

The play will continue in episodes till Dussehra, which will be celebrated on 19th October. Ram Leela is usually held for nine days during Navratri, and ends on the tenth day when an effigy of Ravana being burnt.



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