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New Delhi, October 17, 2010
President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President M Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh watched the last episode of the Ramayana, marking the culmination of the Dussehra celebrations, at the Red Fort Ground here this evening.
Others present on the occasion included Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.
The dignitaries interacted with the artistes performing the Ram Lila. Dr Singh applied "tilak" on the foreheads of the artistes and also performed "arti".
The dignitaries witnessed the burning of the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna. Ms Gandhi shot an arrow at Ravana's effigy.
Later, Dr Singh and Ms Gandhi also visited the Ram Lila grounds and attended the celebrations there. They were joined there by Mr Rahul Gandhi.