MANILLA, PHILIPPINES, November 13, 2017 (Economic Times): A musical performance based on the epic Ramayana today drew loud applause from world leaders and delegates at a grand opening ceremony of the two- day ASEAN summit. The play reflected India’s cultural linkages with the Philippines and several member countries of the 10-member powerful bloc. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other leaders from ASEAN’s partner countries attended the glitzy opening ceremony at the highly fortified Cultural Centre in this bustling metropolis.
The Ramayana in the Philippines is called Maharadia Lawana which means king Ravana. The Philippines’ famous dance is called Singkil which is based on the Ramayana. “You would be happy to know that the @ASEAN opening ceremony included excerpts from the musical Rama Hari, based on the Ramayana. Various parts of the Ramayana were beautifully highlighted in the Rama Hari. his shows our deep historical bonds and shared heritage,” Modi tweeted.
Source: World Hindu News (WHN)