As the penultimate day of the Sports Meet celebrations got underway, 18th January was truly a day to remember. Bhagawan entered the Premamrutham Hall, interacting with all the students and devotees who had gathered and then took His seat on the throne placed in front of the stage. The evening’s proceedings began with a recitation of the Mantra Pushpam by girl students of the Prashanti Balamandira High School.
After Bhagawan had blessed each of the girls and showered them with tokens of His love, the programme continued as the curtains of the stage opened to reveal a stunning backdrop of a temple. Skillfully organised by Brother Srinivas Viswanadha, the group of 160 students from eight different campuses seated in front of the magnificent backdrop was a sight to behold.
The group of girls and boys, musicians, singers and dancers offered a scintillating selection of songs in praise of the Lord, composed by various saints of Karnataka and Maharashtra. With songs rendered in Kannada and Marathi, the evening’s performance was truly a tribute to devotional music of the East. These soulful renditions were interspersed with instrumental Bhajans played by students on thirteen different instruments. This included Bhajans such as: Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam, Jai Jai Bhavani Maa, Jaya Gangajatadhara Gowri Shankara and many others.
The format of this form of musical presentation has been inspired by the Aradhana Mahotsavam, a hundred-year-old tradition where musicians and singers gather to sing Kirtans composed by saints such as Tyagaraja, Annamacharya or any of the latter-day saints in South and Western India.
The students demonstrated immense talent and skill in their musical performance and their devotion shone through in each of their instrumental and vocal offerings. The heavenly evening concluded with a soulful rendition of the popular Abhang – Majhe Maher Pandhari (My mother’s home is Pandharpur) with a group of young students dancing to the magical tunes of the Marathi song.
Bhagawan then joined the ensemble on stage, blessing them with interaction, photographs and tokens of His love. Mangala Arati was then offered to Bhagawan and Prasadam was distributed to all.