The Sri Sathya Sai Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2017
The evening programme commenced with Vedic Invocation, the Shivopasana Mantram by students of the Mandya Campus. The next hour and fifteen minutes was a scintillating concert by the Brass Band of the Muddenahalli Campus, ‘Sai’s Angels’.
Two weeks before the concert, Swami had asked – “What should be the name of the Concert?” With His infinite compassion and grace He said – “The Boys are playing instruments with Love. They are not playing Music. They are playing Love.”
Then HE went on to say – “What is Love? Love is Prema. What does the Heart do? It Beats. So let’s call this concert “PREMA SPANDANA.” From a marching band, ‘Sai’s Angels has grown in to a concert Brass Band, which comprises of 37 students in the age group of 12 to 17 years, youngest being a sixth grade student, and Vinayak Gaurav, who is currently in his second year Pre University is the chosen band leader.
The Musical concert constituted famous international music themes and Bhajans, interspersed with talks by students about their Self transformation, after joining the brass band, and videos which showcased the history and genesis of the band.
The first piece was the Award winning theme music from Pink Panther. Other renditions offered at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet were “Chariots of Fire”, “Conquest of Paradise”, a traditional song from the eastern Mediterranean region – “Misirlou”, “Mission Impossible”, amongst others. The students also performed two Bhajans “Govinda Krishna Jai”, and “Love is My Form”, to the delight of Bhagawan.
Four short videos on the various facets of the evolution of Sai’s Angels were screened, beginning with “The History” and how it all began. During the initial days, students practised with old instruments, but in September 2014 Swami gifted new band Instruments when HE visited the High School Block, where HE revealed that a band teacher from America will come, when the students prayed for one. And he came, Mr Dimitris Lambrianos, a Greek musician from New York, to whom Swami had told 22 years ago that one day he would teach His students. Mr Lambrianos can play over 20 musical instruments and on the command of Swami, has made Muddenahalli his home. Mr Lambrianos firmly says that it is nothing short of Swami’s miracle that these children are able to pick up notes with ease, and perform with passion.
It was indeed magical to see the audience in complete awe, as these young musicians performed with so much confidence and passion, with only one thought – to make Bhagawan happy!
The mesmerising concert ended with Swami profusely showering His love and grace on all the students. Mangala Aarti was offered, and the evening came to a close with Prasadam.