On the evening of 12th February 2017, students from the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programme of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus staged an inspiring drama Sri Rama Hridayam based on episodes from the Ramayana.
The drama opens with the scene of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita returning to Ayodhya after completing their exile in the forest. Bharata falls at Rama’s feet and expresses his relief and happiness at this momentous occasion. Bharata said that it was Satrughna, who guarded Ayodhya from enemies and praised Satrughna. Rama was won over and mighty pleased by the bond of love between the brothers.
In the next scene, Lakshmana was fallen down lifeless by Indrajit’s arrow and Rama was overcome with grief. All medicines were of no avail. Only the Sanjivini herb can save Lakshmana, said the physician. It was at this moment Rama made a profound statement that he could get a mother like Kausalya, a wife like Sita but not a brother like Lakshmana. Hanuman brought the entire mountain which contained the priceless Sanjivini and Lakshmana was saved.
In the succeeding scene, Sita was mesmerized by the natural beauty of the surroundings in the forest. Rama expressed his desire to rest there and asked Lakshmana to build a hut in the place of his choice. At this moment, Lakshmana was grief-stricken and asked Rama as to what sin he has committed. Rama expresses that it was only to show to the world the devotion of Lakshmana, He had asked Lakshmana to build a hut at the place of his choice. Suddenly a lot of noise was heard in the forest, a messenger came and says that Bharata was bringing a horde of army. Lakshmana flies into rage and says that Bharata is coming to attack them and he would give him a fitting reply. Rama asked Lakshmana to calm down and wait for Bharata’s arrival. Bharata falls at Rama’s feet and entreats him to return to Ayodhya. Even Sage Vasishta requests Rama to return. At this juncture King Janaka came amidst them. He was asked to pass the judgement, though initially he too favoured Rama to return to Ayodhya, but then left it to Rama. Rama again expressed that it was his foremost duty to follow the command of King Dasaratha. Bharata asked Rama to give his sandals so that it can be enthroned in Ayodhya. Rama readily gives the sandals. Rama was unable to control his emotion at the supreme love of Bharata for Him and declares that though he lost in his request, he has won His heart.
The next scene goes back to childhood days when Rama intentionally lost a ball game when he was on the verge of winning. Bharata complains to Mother Kausalya regarding this. The mother was at a loss of words at Rama’s fraternal feeling.
The last scene of the drama highlights the concept of nearness and dearness. Rama glorifies Bharata’s supreme sacrifice. Though Bharata was far away from Rama, he always contemplated on Rama. So, Bharata was dear to Rama. Bharata’s supreme devotion for Rama was well brought out in the end. All the cast converge for a final song which ends by all the cast declaring, “We Love You Swami”.
The proceedings of the day ended with Bhajans and Arati.