Ramlila, literally “Rama’s Play”, is India‘s most famous religious theater. It is a performance of the Ramayana epic with a series of scenes that include song, narration, recital, dialogue and dance. It is performed across northern India during the festival of Dussehra, held each year according to the ritual calendar in Autumn. It can also be seen during religious happenings and pilgrimages such as the Kumbh Mela. But more than a performance, it is an art form, a community gathering and for many, a form of pilgrimage to purify the soul.