BRIJ RAS LEELA
RAM SWARUP SHARMA
It is universal truth that the soul of Indian culture resides in Indian spiritualism and philosophy. that is why the Indian civilization and culture is Deemed to be everlasting. this is such as n insurmountable truth that can never be falsified in anytime. thousand years old our ancient literature fully justifies this truth. The contribution of Raasleela of braj in the continuous development of Indian culture will remain unforgettable forever. the inner intellectual consciousness of Sri ghamand devacharya, the father of braj Raasleelas, was a unique. he was born at, kamai-karhala village of braj. through the planning of braj rasmanch, he brought such a pious stream of Braj Ras Leela on the earth that provided peace and harmony to the distressed humanity. the Raasleela of braj reveals the intermingling of all the elements of Indian religion and philosophy, devotion and emotion, Rasa And Raga, Lok and Parlok and spiritual. the Raasleela of Braj is an exposition of Rasa and love. coming out of the everlasting meeting and playing, krira Bihar of Shri Radha-Krishna, this Rasa and love overwhelm the whole creation, undoubtedly, the Raasleela generates a variety of emotions. the auditions is spell bound and absorbed in unspeakable joy while seeing the ‘ras-krira’ of Krishna Chandra who is himself an embodiment after hours and his Supreme Power of hilarity-Shri Radha.
Shree ghamand devacharya and the important personalities in his family line, Swami Madan Lal, Swami Megha Shyam, internationally acclaimed rasacharya padam Shree Swami Ram Swaroop Sharma and presently his grandson swami shri ramvallabh sharma, adorned the lucid verses composed by the devotees and rasiks of braj with classical Raag-Raginis and melody of original music and introduced this fascinating form in Staging Raasleelas of Shri Radhakrishna which is absolutely unspeakable.
Rasacharya Swami ramswarup was strived to find out the Essential elements of ancient Indian tradition and Culture by Linking Raasleela with spiritualism. he has adorned the music with various forms of Ragas and Raginis by connecting it with sound(nad), the origin of music, Swamiji has reconciled the three forms of NatyaShastra-scene dance and drama with music. by Linking Raasleela with acting swamiji's main objective is that the Raasleela must serve the Welfare of the people. in the meantime by Staging Maharas and the magnificent Rasmanch along with different form of Leelas of Shri Radha Krishna and gopis, Swamiji has given physical form of Maharas. the emulative technique of Maharas is the gift of swamiji.
Raas Acharya Swami ramswarup was endowed with a melodious voice by birth. when he begins his Cuckoo like tunes the huge Pandal of rasmanch drowns in a unique pleasurous peace and tranquility. thousands of audience become spellbound. his tunes work as life giving energy. the human mind ridden with pessimism and nervousness forgets everything for a moment. the sweet tunes, coming out of his throat not only limited to Braj Vrindavan, but also they resounded the whole world. even the foreign countries could not remain untouched from its influence. This remark should not be mere flight of imagination, but it is proved fact. seeing is believing !
Ram Leela and Raasleela are staged daily for 3 hours in the morning and evening respectively for about 30 to 40 days at Vrindavan every year in the month of Shravan and falgun at the Huge pandal having seating capacity of 25000 audiences constructed by Swamiji at raman reti, Vrindavan. the popularity of Swamiji may be witnessed during these programs. Swami Ji was himself guide and director of the these Leelas. Swami RamswarupJi himself directs the new leelas standing with the harmonium in a corner of the pandal for 3-4 hours at a stretch. his throat continuously drizzles nector like tunes in the ears of about 20000 to 35000 audiences assembled in the pandal. during the leelas every audience complaints to God for avoiding him only for two Ears. Swamiji’s finger runs on harmonium like a magical sparkle. his melodious tunes with beating of duf, drum, manjeer and mridang create a wonderful atmosphere when the audiences and listeners see radha-krishna dancing with 8 sakhies. they enjoy an immortal pleasure when swamiji is absorbed so deeply in vocal music, forgetting the sense of time. this is no exaggeration, but a hard fact. the rasleela and Ram Leela directed & conducted by Swamiji with a great sense of involvement. during the exhibition of these leelas the audiences are at a loss to understand whether swamiji is a devotee of krishna or Rama. when he is involved in conducting Ramleela, he apeears absolutely to be a Ram Bhakta (devotee) and while playing Krishna Leela he was seen perfectly a krishna bhakt. As Goswami Tulsidas had reconciled Rama and Krishna in one form to his verses, Swamiji has displayed the same physically on the leela March.
Number of devotees from foreign countries came regularly every year to enjoy the Raasleela organised by Swami Ramswaroop ji at Vrindavan in the month of Shravan and falgun. hardly there passes a year, when a couple of Union Ministers and 10 to 20 ministers from different states do not come to have the glimpse of Raasleela. this is a worth mentioning characteristic of Swamiji that in spite of being fully dedicated to his political party BJP he has no ill will towards other political parties that is why all big and small leaders of all the parties gladly participate in the function and enjoy the rasleelas. Several Union and State ministers from UP, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi are seen visiting Raasleela pandal in Vrindavan every year.
Swami ji was not only well versed in vocal music but also fully efficient in dancing and acting also. because he had spent his full 17 years in acting himself as Shri Krishna. those devotees who have had the good fortune to see him acting as Lord Krishna, are still thrilled with that memory, the famous SantShiromani of Giri Govardhan, Pandit Shri gaya Prasad ji was so much attracted to his krishna-form that he never took water and food without seeing Swamiji in person. it goes without saying that whatever acting he has dsiplayed as lord krishna is matchless even in present scenario also. after relinquishing Krishna Swaroop, he took charge of Raasleela in the in mature age of 17 years from his eminent father, rasacharya swami amdghsyam ji and since then he has established a number of records in the ground of Raasleela.
He was Not only an efficient director of raasleela, but also a unique master in the presentation of pious characters of God's devotees. he himself performs the role of great devotees. he is well versed and equipped in performing the role of “satyawadi Raja Harish Chand”. His Fascinating acting as Shridama, Sudama and udhava, the friends of Shri Krishna in Raasleela, has made him famous all over India. when he performs the role of nandbaba, it appears as if nandbaba is physically present on the stage. see him in the role of Bhagwan Shankar in the Shankar Leela audience believes him in to real Shankar bhagwan. swami ji had the God gifted power of overwhelming and spell bounding the audiences.
In his last 10 years of life swaMI JI started the new form of Bhagwat Katha Vyas was also very popular. last few years he has been serving to the bhagvat rasa to his devotees through shrimad bhagwat katha. hearing katha and all the shlokas of bhagvad katha from swami ji voice audience extremely enjoyed and start dancing. with extreme Joy the huge Katha Pandal is seen packed to the capacity with devotees like that of Raasleela and Ram Leela. Swami ramswarup jee had started preaching and singing Shri Ram Katha along with Shrimad Bhagwat with the blessing of famous saint of braj Jagadguru Shri Guru sharnanand Ji Maharaj.
In his span of life Swami ramswarup ji has also took the part in the politics. the popularity of Swamiji among people was proved twice which can be seent by the fact that he has been twice elected continously also as a member of legislative assembly (MLA) from Mathura-Vrindavan Area. this is also a fact that there appears no difference in his percept and action in the political field. the people of Mathura-Vrindavan have always found him standing in the front line in their services so far he has been honoured and awarded by eminent political leaders like president and prime minister of India. he has been decorated with the fourth highest civil honour of the country other padamshree by government of india for his services in the field of Raasleela he has been honoured many times by several social and educational institutions and he is still connected with a number of so many organisations. certainly he was gifted with multidimensional personality. the main characteristic of his personality is that he respects all other always with no Desire in return.
Swami ramswarup sharma’s rasmandali has not only attained reputation in India, but it has also made an in effaceable place in the hearts of foreigners by dint of his propagation of art and culture. HIs Rasleela has not only Enlightened braj, infact the whole country was shining with his name and fame. as well as Raasleela name and fame is shining lights and removing pessimsim from society. undoubtedly, the name of Swami ramswarup and his Raasleela has been written in golden words on the pages of Indian Culture. by keeping view of his services, rendered in the field of spreading Indian culture through raasleela, the Government of India, have glorified braj by decorating swami ji with the fourth highest civil honour- padamshree in 2005.
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