INTRODUCTION: Hindus formal over India have been celebrating the Dusshera Festival.It's a celebration of good over evil, held each year at the end of the rice harvest, as the autumn sets in.
LV & SV PAN Small elephant leading procession. (2 SHOTS)
SV Silver band in procession.
SV ZOOM TO CU Ravana on chariot in procession.
SV & LVs Crowd watches as Sita passes in procession. (2 SHOTS)
CU & LV Spectators watch Rama and his brother Lakshmana pass in procession. (2 SHOTS)
SV Ravana and the brother exchanging fire from bows and arrows. (2 SHOTS)
GV & CU Effigies of Kumbhkarna, Meghnath and Ravana. (4 SHOTS)
CU (night shots) exploding fireworks.
LV Firework ignites first effigy.
LV Effigy burning and second effigy igniting.
CU & GV Third effigy igniting and burning.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Hindus formal over India have been celebrating the Dusshera Festival.It's a celebration of good over evil, held each year at the end of the rice harvest, as the autumn sets in.
SYNOPSIS: Dusshera takes different forms in different parts of India, but this year, it falls during the holiday season in New Delhi. Millions crowded the streets on Thursday (8 October) for the last festival parade.
The celebration recreates the epic of Ramayana, told in nightly instalments over nine days. Each procession has floats depicting characters from the legend which unfold the theme of good beating evil.
The main heroes Rama, his wife Sita, and brother Lakshmana, were taken through the streets in chariots. The demon king Ravana also was there to complete the cast. The story tells how Rama destroys the demon king and his two evil aides to rescue his kidnapped bride Sita. The ceremony's culminate is the destruction by fire of the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath.
As Rama and Ravana fought the epic battle, the end came near. As the sun set, Rama fired a lighted arrow. One by one the huge bamboo and paper effigies of the prime villain and his two henchmen, thoughtfully stuffed with fireworks,are burned to the ground in the climax.
To Hindus, it all symbolically proclaims that good wins over evil and that in the end, truth alone is triumphant.