2019 marked the first occasion in the history of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions, where the Sports Meet celebration had to be divided into two sessions because of the ever-increasing number of campuses. The afternoon session of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2019, began with Bhagawan’s arrival at the Sri Sathya Sai Samagamam stadium escorted by a procession of girl students on horses and for the first time in Muddenahalli, Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthiniketanam, girls of the Nallakadirenahalli and Hyderabad Pre-University College on gleaming motorbikes.
As Bhagawan alighted from His car and ascended the dais to take His throne, the girls students of the Prashanti Balamandira High School, Chikballapur, presented a beautiful, eye-catching dance called Guru Vandana. The synchronized dances along with the intricate costumes, the performance was a delight to behold as the girls offered homage to their Jagadguru.
As the girls ended with a magnificent rose formation with Bhagawan’s photo in the middle, the next performance by the girl students of the Sri Sathya Sai Sriniketanam campus, Jayapura, began their Fairies Drill. Holding sarees in various colours, the girls arranged themselves into a mesmerising series of formations creating elegant patterns. Their faultless, fluid and vibrant performance concluded with a perfect formation of the words Sai Ram.
This was followed by a valorous display of strength by the boys of the Sri Sathya Sai Sathyaniketanam campus, Hassan. These tiny wrestlers exhibited their prowess and mastery over a suspended Mallakhamba and ropes, demonstrating perfect balance with great finesse.
The Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva High School and Pre-University College boys were next to present their talents with a performance of folk dances of Karnataka. While some beat drums as Dollu Kunita dancers, others danced as Nandi Kolu dancers, carrying towering colourful staffs. Some performed the Kamsale dance, dancing with the clanging Kamsale instrument, while others performed as Nagari drummers carrying a huge framework of decorated deities.
Next to follow, were the awesome and athletic boys of the basketball team from the Sri Sathya Sai Divyaniketanam campus, Jayapura. Performing various feats with basketballs and hoops, these boys displayed a wonderful mix of strength, concentration and determination as they exhibited their talents with increasing numbers of obstacles.
The CBSE boys of the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Kendra, Muddenahalli, followed this act with a majestic display of martial arts in a range of formations. As these maestros send steel plates flying high with a single kick, throw obstacles helter-skelter and perform sublime Tai Chi and Karate moves, their enthralling performance took all to the heights of devotion.
The next valorous display was by the girl students of the Sri Sathya Sai Prashantiniketanam Pre-University College at Siddipet, Telangana. These girls, most of whom had not even heard of the names of such Olympic games, showcased their magnificent talents in wielding the shotput, javelin, discus and hammer. As they displayed tremendous strength of body, their disciplined formations whilst undertaking such rigorous tasks was a wonderful display of their strength of mind.
The next presentation was by the girl students of the Sri Sathya Sai Sriniketanam campus, Jayapura, who performed a series of dance movements and exercises using hula hoops. Making different formations and patterns while hooping, the girls displayed a great deal of concentration and balancing skills.
Next, was truly a demonstration of ability, agility and alacrity as the young students of the Sri Sathya Sai Karunyaniketanam campus, Tumkur came riding on unicycles. With tremendous confidence and poise, these young boys took on multiple tasks whilst balancing perfectly on their unicycles, wreaking magic through their wheels.
The students of the Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam campus at Mandya, were next to enthrall the audience as they performed stunning feats on a large oscillating pendulum and trampolines. Maintaining tremendous balance and showing incredible skill, these young boys made perfect formations in absolute unison.
The final presentation of the evening was by the youngsters of the Sri Sathya Sai Vishwaniketanam and Sri Sathya Sai Sevaniketanam campuses at Hampi and Koppal. The Ramayana is a treasure house of all the virtues which lead man to the path of God. It is only through devotion to God can man attain the summum bonum of life and Hanuman is the greatest example of intense devotion to Lord Rama. Dressed as Vanaras, these young students depicted this pure, unsullied devotion of Hanuman and the Vanaras to Lord Rama, through an energetic dance interspersed with beautiful formations.
If there is one word to summarise the performances that were witnessed today, it is love. The love that the students have for Bhagawan and the love that Bhagawan has for His students is unmatched. As all the students who had performed in this evening’s session came together to offer their collective love and gratitude to Bhagawan, their finale dance provided a wonderful finale ending to a most enthralling Sports Meet celebration. Bhagawan descended the dais and showering all the students with much love and affection, took photos with the entire contingent. Thereafter, Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and He was then escorted back to His residence by a host of girl students on motorbikes.