Lucknow: The Chinese have made ‘incursions’ into Ramlilas being staged across Uttar Pradesh with characters of Ram, Hanuman and Ravan wearing outfits made in the dragon country and fighting with each other using bows and arrows bearing the ‘Made in China’ tag. As the dresses made in China are cheap, many Ramlila committees have opted for the same.

“This year, the costumes of various characters have been imported from foreign countries like China”, Pundit Ram Kumar, who runs a Ramlila committee in Gonda, said.

The costumes, which earlier used to come from Madurai and Kolkata, are now coming from China. “As the Chinese stuff is more economical, good looking and durable, the costumes coming from China are being hired”, Mr. Ram Kumar said.

Owner of Shree Gopal Chitrashala Prem Kumarsaid that this year a new variety of Chinese costumes and articles had been introduced.- PTI