On the third day celebrations of auspicious Guru Purnima, it was a musical enthralling night for all the devotees in Premamrutham and for those who were watching live all across the globe which is a heaven on earth. On this evening, Bhagawan has blessed Mr Stephen Devassy a world acclaimed pianist, Mr Harmeet Manseta, Mr Dimitris Lambrianos, Sri S V Ramani, Sri Praveen Narayan, Sri Siddarth Nagarajan, Sri Mandolin U Rajesh and Sri Kunal Ganjawala. All these musicians who perform all around the world, and collaborate with international artists but every single time they come to Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli, they think it is their singular fortune to be performing here in the presence of God and that is all that they need.
Mr Stephen Devassy, an acclaimed pianist, performer, composer who has performed over 3000 stage shows in 85 countries. He is one of the most accomplished pianists in the world. He has carved a niche for himself, a distinct identity and style and his music is Divine. A youth icon of modern music and has millions of followers in social media. His immense playing finesse and detailing, deftness and poise always enthralls his audience. He has collaborated with many renowned musicians including Sri Ustad Zakir Hussain, Late Sri Mandolin U Srinivas, Sri Karaikudi Mani, Sri A R Rehman, Sri Ustad Amjad Ali Khan amongst many others.
Along with him, we had another pianist Mr Harmeet Manseta, an ardent devotee of Bhagawan. The third pianist needs no introduction, Mr Dimitris Lambrianos. We also had Sri S V Ramani and Sri Praveen Narayan on Mrudangam, an alumnus from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam and Muddenahalli campus. Sri Siddarth Nagarajan, India’s youngest drummer and last but not the least we had Sri Mandolin U Rajesh and Sri Kunal Ganjawala.
The program started with Mr Dimitris Lambrianos playing a solo on Piano and then he introduced all the other artists onto the stage. Before the start of the musical concert, Mr Stephen Devassy shared his experience during Bhagawan’s visit to Chennai at the residence of Sri U Rajesh when he actually saw Swami seated on the chair. He also narrated the conversation that took place when Swami enquired about the leg and asked him to take care. He revealed the close bond he shared with his brother. Whatever happens to his brother is as good as happening to him. In a weeks’ time, his brother met with an accident and fractured his leg!
Two individual solos were performed by Mr Stephen Devassay and Mr Harmeet Manseta on Piano. This was followed by ‘Maha Ganapati’ in fusion style and a song called ‘Dance of the Breeze’, written by Sri U Rajesh’s Guru and brother Late Sri Mandolin U Srinivas. Towards the end, Sri Kunal Ganjawala sang two songs, first one was penned down by Swami Himself after His 90th birthday and second, a popular Sai Bhajan “Bolo Bolo Sab Mil Bolo”. Mr Stephen had completely redefined this Bhajan to the applause of all in the grand Premamrutham for the amazing talent he showcased to the multitudes gathered.
Swami was immensely pleased and felicitated all the gifted artists and the day was drawn to a close after the Prasadam distribution and Mangala Arati.