The final day of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2019, saw the Valedictory function take place on the morning of 19th January and the evening matched a most beautiful Yakshagana performance by the students of the Muddenahalli campus.
Bhagawan entered Premamrutham Hall and after spending much time interacting and blessing all the students and devotees, He took His seat in front of the stage.
The evening’s proceedings began with the recitation of the Narayana Upanishad by girl students of the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, Hyderabad.
Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form of Karnataka, that is an amalgam of music, dance, dialogue, action, costumes, make-up and stage techniques. Dating back to a history of over 1000 years, this art form has been a prominent channel in spreading the glorious heritage of Indian epics and culture as it relates and reaches out to all walks of life. This evening’s Yakshagana presentation was entitled Bhakta Prahlada. An exemplary devotee of the Lord, Prahlada is considered as an ideal for devotees, young and old alike, even today.
Trained and directed by Dr Begar Shivakumar of Gaana Sourabha Yakshagana Shale, the students were accompanied by: Sri A P Phatak as the Bhagawata or main singer, Sri Venkatesh on the Maddale and Sri Kartik Dhareshwar on the Chande.
The performance began with an elaborate depiction of the three Avatars preceding Narasimha Avatar and the vibrant costumes and energy of the students truly brought these three stories of Matsya (fish) Avatar, Kurma (tortoise) Avatar and Varaha (boar) Avatar to life on the stage of Premamrutham.
This was followed by the narration of the story of Prahlada, beginning with his childhood and detailing the trials and tribulations his father, Hiranyakashipu, put him through after he had completed his education. The students then depicted the ferocious rise of Narasimha Avatar from a pillar in Hiranyakashipu’s palace and illustrated the victory of the Lord over the evil demon. The performance ended with a majestic finale as all the characters came together on stage and offered their obeisance to Bhagawan.
Bhagawan then blessed the Yakshagana group with a photograph and tokens of His love. After spending some time interacting with the participants, Bhagawan received Mangala Arati and Prasadam was distributed to everyone.