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SPECTATORS at a Ramleela show in Haryana's Narwana town spent some anxious moments when a stuntman was stuck mid- air for nearly an hour while enacting a scene from Ramayan.

The incident took place on Friday night when the stuntman was sliding down with the help of ropes from a three- storey building to reach the stage as part of the scene in which Hanuman returns from Ravan's Lanka. The local Ramleela club had hired the stuntman to make the mythological scene more realistic.

" The stuntman had claimed that he would cover the distance, nearly 120 ft, between the stage and the starting point, within 11 minutes. But he was moving at a snail's pace. The spectators were getting bored and they even asked the organisers to stop the stunt," Mehar Chand Mudgil, who performed at the Ramleela, recalled.

But soon, the spectators were left tense when they realised that the stuntman was desperately signaling for help. " The stuntman was in a hurry to complete the act. The sequence of the scene was also wrong... safety factor was ignored. The ropes injured his thighs and he could not slide. He was rescued with the help of a ladder," a spectator said.

THE Ramleela organised by Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra in Narwana -- with all its sound and video effects -- has earned quite a global appeal over the three decades since the group first staged it. One of its recent performances was attended by four Americans, all of whom arrived here after a glimpse of their spectacular performance on YouTube left them amazed. " They liked our Ramleela," actor Mehar Chand Mudgil said.

-- Manjeet Sehgal

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Date:Oct 14, 2013
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