Prof. Afroz Taj and John Caldwell performed in the annual community Ram Leela performance on October 21. Based on the ancient Sanskrit epic “Ramayana”, the Ram Leela tells the story of Lord Ram’s exile with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman, Sita’s abduction by the demon king of Lanka, Ravana, and her ultimate rescue. The performance, sponsored by the Hindu Society of North Carolina and NC Hindi Vikas Mandal, is held on the Hindu holiday Dusshera, which celebrates the victory of Ram over Ravana. Afroz plays Ravana (the villain) and John plays Hanuman, the monkey god. Afroz and John have been performing in this event since 2010.