Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the NRCTT shall be:
1. To promote, provide and develop the Ramleela Festival.
2. To unify all Groups in Trinidad and Tobago under the NRCTT and be recognised as the sole body representing Ramleela Groups in Trinidad and Tobago.
3. To foster mutual appreciation and understanding of the Ramleela Festival among all citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
4. To facilitate the creation of new Ramleela Groups throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
5. To promote the study, practice, teaching and educational development of the Ramleela Festival throughout the establishment of libraries, publications, websites, archives and a museum.
6. To organise and hold workshops, conventions, conferences, seminars and lectures for the promotion and propagation of the Ramleela Festival.
7. To provide, promote and facilitate the establishment of necessary facilities for the promotion and propagation of the Ramleela Festival and metters incidental thereto.
8. To award certificates of distinction, scholarships, bursaries and monetary awards to deserving persons.
9. To mobilise support nationally, regionally and internationally for the promotion and propagation of the Ramleela festival.
10. To organise and hold fund raising for the promotion and propagation of its aims and objectives.
11. To apply for and to receive grants and funding from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and other sources/agencies for and on behalf of the NRCTT.
12. To liaise with all organisations or bodies having an interest in the promotion of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
13. To do, or cause to be done all such other acts or things as may be necessary or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.
Mangal Karani Kalimal Harani
For spreading good and removing evil through Ramleela
Mission: The National Ramleela Council of Trinidad and Tobago will secure our noble vision by advancing Ramleela as an attractive community tool for:
- Creating expression that uplifts participants and spectators
- Sanskaarisation of ethical and spiritual values
- Advancing community development
- Providing enjoyable and uplifting entertainment for all citizens
- Furthering all noble ideas for nation building
RAM ANANT, ANANT GUN AMIT KATHAA VISTAAR
Shree Ram is infinite, infinite are His virtues and profound are his kathaas/stories (works/deeds)
RAM SADAA SEVAK RUCHI RAAKHI
Shree Ram always seeks the welfare of his servant.
SYMBOLISM OF THE RAMLEELA LOGO.
Hanuman Baba was sent to Lanka in search of Seeta Maa carrying a message of comfort and consolation to the Divine Mother. After searching most of Lanka in vain, his eyes eventually fell upon the most beautiful site of a Mandir. What brought even more joy to the heart of Hanuman Ji was the fact that present upon the walls of the Mandir were the emblems of Dhanush Dhaari Bhagvaan Shree Ram – the bow and arrow.
Just as Hanuman Baba immediately identified with the emblems upon the walls of the Mandir, the intention of this particular logo is to ensure that all individuals recognise the defining characteristics of the Lord, which are represented by the various symbols within the logo. It is hoped that the essence of Ramayan could be conveyed through an understanding of the symbolism behind the logo.
The sun is a life-giving force, an immense source if energy that sustains life. But more specifically, we all know that Shree Ram belonged to the Ikshvaaku lineage- the great Raghu-kul race or Solar Dynasty.
The Dhanush or bow of the Lord is said to be the Bow of Discrimination. Discrimination, described by Shree Ram in Lanka Kanda, represents the highest wisdom – that power of discrimination or Vivek.
Shree Ram said that within the quiver of a pure and stable mind, are found the arrows of spiritual practices. These are the fundamental teachings of Sanaatan Dharma that are described in the scriptures.
The Sandals of the Lord represent the path of Dharma – the righteous path that will lead to God-Realisation.
The Ramayan is the mirror of life. It is a reminder that the answer to any problem we may face is present within the Ramayan.
Note: The Logo Competition was won by the Tulsi Manas Ramleela Group of Sangre Grande.