Christmas Celebrations 2017 – December 26 2017, Day 3
The spirit of Christmas joy continued on the third day of the celebrations at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli. Devotees and students had assembled at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham auditorium for the evening’s cultural programme.
Bhagawan arrived at about 7 p.m, walked down the aisles, blessing everybody present even as soulful Bhajans were in progress. Once Swami was seated, there was a musical presentation by ‘Sai’s Angels’, the brass band of the Muddenahalli.
Keeping synchronicity with the Christmas fervor, the performance began with the evergreen carol of Jingle Bell in the Rock format. This was followed by a video presentation detailing the genesis of the band and what keeps them going; inspiring them to perfect themselves only to please the Lord. Thereafter, another Christmas Carol, ‘Silent Night’ was played, during which the multi-instrumentalist and band teacher, Mr. Dimitris Lambrianos, rendered the Santoor for the very first time.
There was also a short talk by one of the band members, Revanth S of Grade 9, who expressed his love and gratitude to Bhagawan for the opportunity bestowed on them. Other numbers like the Radetzky’s March, the popular Bhajan, Govinda Krishna Jai, Conquest of Paradise, Take Five – a Jazz single, were also rendered followed by Swami’s own composition, Love is My Form as a fitting finale to the performance. However, so pleased was Swami with the programme and not wanting the scintillating performance to end so early, He commanded them to play another piece—the Final Countdown. The fact that these students between the age group of 10-17 years were performing like some professional musicians was a testimony of the Lord’s love and grace upon them.
Swami then went up the stage and blessed every member of the band with tokens of His love and group photographs as well.
Mangala Arati was then offered to Bhagawan and Prasadam was distributed to one and all.